From Lincoln County Public Information Officer Casey Miller
The potential closure of two of three local Head Start sites in Lincoln County, due to the federal shutdown, has been prevented thanks to assistance from the State of Oregon’s Early Learning Division.
The Lincoln City and Toledo Head Start sites are federally funded and were targeted for closure as of November 1. (The Newport site, which is supported by state dollars, would not have been affected.)
“This is wonderful news,” said Lincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall, who serves on the governing board of the Community Services Consortium, Head Start’s parent organization. “Head Start plays a vital role in meeting the health, educational, nutritional and child care needs of children and families. The importance of this cannot be overstated.”
Dr. Suzanne Miller, CSC Head Start Director, said she received word from the state’s Early Learning Division, that the program will receive a $73,556 advance on state funds to cover the operating costs for the Lincoln City and Toledo sites for the month of November.
Miller, who was jubilant at the news, said “ I immediately told the class of 20 children teachers and volunteer parents and all stood up and clapped and shouted hurrah! 154 Families will be so happy and relieved. Our staff is thrilled beyond words.”