Donors pledge up to $10 million to fund Head Start

Donors pledge up to $10 million to fund Head Start

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 02: National Head Start Association Executive Director Yasmina Vinci addresses supporters of the Head Start Program during a rally to call for an end to the partial federal government shut down and fund the comprehensive education, health and nutrition service for low-income children and their families outside the U.S. Capitol October 2, 2013 in Washington, DC. The federal government is in the second day of a partial shutdown after House Republicans and Senate Democrats refused to agree on a budget. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on October 8, 2013 at 4:33 PM

ATLANTA (AP) -- National Head Start Association officials say a donation of up to $10 million from two philanthropists will help keep Head Start programs running during the federal government shutdown.

NHSA officials said in a release Monday that Laura and John Arnold's donation will help serve more than 7,000 at-risk children while the government shutdown continues.

Programs in Georgia, Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, South Carolina and Missouri were closed at the end of the first week of the shutdown. NHSA officials say the programs have been allocated federal funding, but administrators are blocked from accessing the money because of the stalemate in Washington.

National Head Start Association Executive Director Yasmina Vinci called the Arnolds' donation selfless and says the program helps more than 27 million of America's poorest children prepare for kindergarten.

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