NORWALK, Conn. (WTNH)-- A few weeks ago parents who brought their children to NEON Head Start in Norwalk were greeted by a government shutdown notice, and today, notice of more money woes could mean no school again on Monday.
Parents say some teachers teared up when they heard they could be out of the job and parents News 8 spoke to fear the same for themselves.
But this is a problem stemming back to a 2011 audit.
A four-year-old holds her mother's hand coming out of school.
This could be Stephanie's last day there. Her Head Start program just lost their funding from the Federal government.
Laila Bravo is a receptionist but she's also mom to 3-year-old Sarahya who goes to school there too.
"She already knows how to write her letters. She can write her name," said Bravo.
When she heard the program is suspended...
"Yesterday I was very upset. How do you just tell us that we don't have somewhere to go?" said Bravo.
"We are not funding Head Start at this time, but we're not giving up," said Chiquita Stephenson, Acting CEO & President.
Acting CEO and president Chiquita Stephenson earned that title 43 days ago at NEON or the Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now.
They run the local Head Start program. She says a 2011 federal audit showed NEON misallocating funds and they just found out yesterday they had to stop operations immediately.
She says they are appealing the decision
"Our standpoint is to show where we are now and how we've overcome some of those challenges that took place in 2011," said Stephenson.
For Stephanie and Sarahya, if they don't have school, their parents fear unemployment.
"My wife is gonna lose her job so then she's going to have to stay at home take care of our kids," said Gavino Rodriguez, Head Start parent.
"It's just me alone for speaking for myself. I don't have a husband. I don't have the family support," said Bravo.
NEON paid for school to commence Friday. But, Stephenson says parents won't know until Saturday night if they'll be open on Monday.
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