BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) -- The government shutdown is being felt on a local level in Bridgeport, and some children are the big losers.
A federally funded 'Head Start Program' has been forced to close its doors.
On a normal Monday morning, there would be 300 little kids in the rooms, but their Head Start program has no money because of the government shutdown.
"It puts a hardship on the child. The child misses coming to school. She just absolutely loves it," said grandmother Renee Dumas.
"I'm hoping something happens soon so they can help us with this problem because it's really ridiculous that our children, my 3-year-old, can't go to school," said Kesha Arguelles.
Her 3-year-old also gets at least two meals a day at Head Start. The Connecticut Food Bank is giving Action for Bridgeport Community Development food to give to parents of Head Start kids to make up for the missed meals.
"That's one of the reasons the CT Food Bank has come forward and provided us with all the food you see in this building, and you see there's a steady stream of folks coming for it," said ABCD Deputy Director Bill Bevacqua.
For parents, it's frustrating to not have Head Start. It's frustrating not knowing when the shutdown will end. And for parents who wanted to vent their frustration, they got an opportunity to do that.
"And they depend on bringing their kids to school to get that breakfast, lunch and that snack."
Congressman Jim Himes sat down with struggling moms just before heading back to Washington.
"People are losing jobs. Moms are choosing between looking after their kids or going to their jobs, so there's just a power and real cost to what's happening in Washington today," said Rep. Himes.
The free food helps, but working parents really depend on Head Start to look after their kids while they go to work.
"Congress needs to get it together because they are killing us, they really are," said Arguelles.
Congressman Himes says he hopes the shutdown can be resolved in the next few days. As long as the Bridgeport-area Head Start program is shutdown, it's more than 1,200 kids who have to go somewhere else all day.
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Authorities have canceled an alert for a missing a 16-year-old Stamford girl they say ran away with her 1-year-old son.
When you hear the soothing tones of Bing Crosby you just know a Christmas tree is close by.
New Haven police are investigating the death of a man who was found with a gunshot wound to the chest.
Stamford police are looking for a 16-year-old girl and her one year old son.
A gun buyback program sponsored by Hartford police and area hospitals collected 181 guns, including seven assault weapons.
Police in Waterbury are looking for clues to solve a late-night homicide where a man was shot in the neck.
A two-alarm fire destroyed a church in Pomfret Saturday afternoon.
Connecticut U.S. senators are stepping up pressure on Metro-North Railroad to revamp safety systems after federal transportation regulators ordered the commuter train operator to take emergency measures in the wake of a derailment that …
A 23-year-old Uncasville man has been arrested on assault and drunken driving charges related to a Halloween crash in Ledyard, police said.
Registered dietitian Pat Baird joined us on Good Morning Connecticut Saturday to share some tips on healthy eating while out holiday shopping.