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Shut down forces local Head Start centers to close

Four Head Start facilities in Gwinnett closed Friday and will not reopen until the federal government shut down ends.

“All of our 30 centers in the 20 counties we serve will close at the end of the day (Friday),” said Kay Laws, the Head Start Director for Ninth District Opportunity Inc. “Centers will remain closed until Congress passes a budget.”

The agency is one of the two that provide the federal education program for preschool aged children.

For now, the other agency, Sheltering Arms Early Education and Family Centers, will continue to operate its three local centers, Paige Kubik, a spokeswoman, said Thursday.

While the facilities’ funding appeared to remain for the rest of the month, Kubik said officials are working on a plan to continue operating, as the organization receives funding from a variety of sources.