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(WASHINGTON) – Today, grantees for the Michigan Head Start/Early Head Start programs considered the uncertainty caused by the government shutdown and its impact on local centers administering these essential programs. The continued deadlock in Congress would inhibit Head Start/Early Head Start grantees from receiving federal funding to provide preschool services to low-income 3- to 5-year-olds and to offer their families education, health, nutrition and social services. Early Head Start supports the families of infants and pregnant women. Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued the following statement in response to these stories:

“We are now 15 days into the government shutdown that has furloughed thousands of federal employees, and more than 7 months into sequestration that has indiscriminately cut funding for federal services and programs, including Head Start. If this government shutdown continues then exactly 10 Michigan Head Start and Early Head Start Centers with a start date of November 1st will be impacted causing 4,159 children and their families to be at risk of losing access to their local head start. This would have a devastating impact in our local communities, and cause severe interruptions for working parents. This is simply an unfair price for low-income children to pay,” said Conyers.

“The Michigan Head Start Centers that will be impacted include: Menominee Delta School Craft C.A.A., INC., Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency, Gogebic-Ontonagon Community action Agency, Alger Marquette Community Action Board, Fivecap, INC, Metropolitan Children & Youth, INC, Baraga-Houghton-Keweenaw Child Development Board, INC, and the Community action Agency of South Central Michigan.

“I implore my colleagues to consider the impact of this shutdown on programs directly serving our children. Education our children is essential to their future and development of our Nation. If we fail to provide adequate funding and access for lower-income children then we will have failed to protect the most vulnerable in America. We must muster the strength to end this shutdown and protect programs like Head Start Programs that are imperative to the growth of our children.”