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Local Head Start avoids impact from shutdown

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- Some parents are breathing a sigh of relief.
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- Some parents are breathing a sigh of relief. In the midst of the government shutdown, hundreds of federal programs are closing their doors. But, Champaign County's Head Start was untouched. It's one of the few.

There are hundreds of Head Starts nationwide. The shutdown will affect 19,000 preschoolers, but doors in Central Illinois will remain open. That's because of the program's grant schedule.

Champaign County's funding was given in the previous federal budget which runs from March to February. The program was already hurting from the sequester and had to be downsized. There are more than 500 preschoolers enrolled in the income-eligible program here.

About 20 of the 1,600 Head Starts nationally could fee the impact right away, but it all depends on when the shutdown finally ends.
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