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Head Start to shut down Friday

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Updated: 5/13/2013 9:02 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Local Head Start programs will end this week as new management works to bring the system into compliance.

Community Development Institute (CDI) took over Head Start in Jacksonville in April when the Urban League was suspended by federal administrators. The interim mangers sent a letter to parents Monday stating they plan to shutdown local classrooms May 17. The group says it needs to hire new staff to ensure children's safety and meet federal guidelines.

"We are truly sorry for any disruption this may cause your family but strongly believe that it is necessary to ensure the safety of your children," Carla Blair, NIC Site Manager and Suellen Hixon, NIC Lead Site Manager wrote in the statement.

Children enrolled in the program under the VPK contract will continue class until June 7. Parents will be notified during the summer about fall enrollment. Recorded information can be heard by dialing 855-294-5715.
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