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County Head Start Won’t Be Impacted By Federal Shutdown

January 10, 2019

Luzerne County Head Start received $9.1 million in federal funds and will not be impacted by the ongoing federal government shutdown, Executive Director Lynn Biga said.

The $9.1 million is the annual federal allocation for Head Start and Early Head Start programs, Biga said. The programs get another

$3 million from state sources to provide comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition and parent involvement services for low-income children and their families.

U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-8, Moosic, issued a news release to announce $9.1 million in federal funds for Luzerne County Head Start from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Luzerne County Head Start serves about 1,100 children in Luzerne and Wyoming counties and 255 employees, Biga said.

Parts of the federal government shut down Dec. 22 after President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats began a standoff over funding construction of a Mexican border wall.

— MICHAEL P. BUFFER

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