Government Shutdown Closes Pickens County Head Start/Pre-K
Letter sent home to parents on September 30th




Below is a letter sent home to students on September 30, 2013 concerning the need to close the Pickens County Head Start/Pre-K because of the government shutdown. Kay Laws, Director and the 9th District office were instructed not to give any comments to the media.

Dear Parents,
You undoubtedly have heard the news that there is a possibility that the government will shut down at midnight tonight. Because our centers operate solely on federal and lottery dollars, if there is an extended shut down of the government, we will be forced to close our Head Start/Pre-K centers until the government is operational.

Our program has been able to secure funding to keep the centers open through Friday, October 4, 2013. Your Center Director will notify you if it will be necessary to close the center after this date.

I am hopeful that Congress can find a resolution and we will.not be forced to close the centers. However, I wanted to give you as much notice as possible as I know this news is troublesome and will require you to make adjustments to your schedule. For that, I apologize.

I want to thank you in advance for your understanding of the situation and trust that your child will return to our center once our center has reopened. If you have any questions about this process, your Center Director will be happy to answer them.


Kay Laws
Head Start/PreK Director