CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Some federally funded programs in Southern Oregon are feeling relief after the compromise in Congress. Southern Oregon Head Start relies on federal funding for 40% of their annual costs.
The 21 Head Start centers in Jackson and Josephine Counties provide meals, healthcare, special education and psychological services to children whose families demonstrate financial need.
The program’s fiscal year doesn’t begin until November 1st, so they were clear through October, but the director says if this deal only lasts until January, the program will be in trouble because January is right in the middle of the school year.
“Well it’s good news, but we’re hoping that we don’t go through the same thing again in January. We’re hope that they will pass an ongoing budget,” said Southern Oregon Head Start Director Nancy Nordyke.
Head Start Southern Oregon centers did not stop enrolling students during the shutdown.