You can add the Head Start preschool program to the list of things affected by the shutdown of the federal government.
Head Start is a federally-funded preschool for children of low-income families.
"It would be a gap in their service. Early education is really important now, much more than ever before because of school readiness," said Marie Ambrose, Head Start/Pre-K director.
"It costs about $8,200 per day to run the program. It sounds like a lot, but we are serving 257 families," said Melinda Gault, CAPC executive director.
There are Head Start programs in Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.
The St. Lawrence County program, which serves a total of 351 children, operates on a January to December budget year and won't be affected by the government shutdown right away, said Barbara Adams, who runs the program.
Around 800 children participate in Head Start across the north country.
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