JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Jacksonville's 24 Head Start centers are set to reopen after being shuttered when the federal government stopped providing the Jacksonville Urban League funding because of safety issues.
The Florida Times-Union reports officials with the Florida Department of Children and Families spend the weekend pleading with federal officials to reopen the school-readiness programs. On Sunday, they announced that 16 of the centers would reopen. By Monday, officials agreed all 24 will open Wednesday.
In April the government stopped providing the urban league with $15.2 million in grant money, citing the child safety issues. DCF had cited Head Start program seven times for physical discipline and nine times for inadequate supervision. Some 166 Head Start employees were furloughed. Not all will return Wednesday. Officials say some substitutes will be brought in.