NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- Some of the state's youngest people are feeling the impacts of the government shutdown.
Young people at Head Start: a pre-kindergarten program for low-income families.
Soon after school started, young Jana drew a picture. Now, it hangs in an empty classroom.
The federal government shutdown made them close their doors.
"If there's no funding I have no job and it's devastating," said Margie Powell, Senior Coordinator at Head Start.
Powell says she's worked in the Head Start program 30 years and has never seen anything like this.
"I'm really concerned for the 1,200 families that we service and the children that are home, some in homes where they should be, this is like an outlet and we provide two meals a day for these kids," she said, "some of them that's all they get."
There are empty seats in Stratford, Trumbull and at the Action for Bridgeport Community Development.
Notices hang on the door.
Executive Director Charles Tisdale says his hands are tied.
"This is frightening, more than frustrating that this government is behaving the way that they are," Tisdale said.
October 1st was when they were scheduled to get their grant funding. They started calling parents, and employees preparing them for no school on Friday.
Now, they're getting ready for the worst case scenario.
"Our human resources director right now is preparing lay off notices for maybe 350 people," said Deputy Director Bill Bevacqua.
As the administrators call members of Congress to see what can be done, they know this strains the 1,200 families they serve daily, and dedicated employees like Powell who can't volunteer much longer.
"It's a commitment like I said I've been in this business for 30 years working with families that are struggling," Powell said, "and now we're all struggling together."
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It's a story that folks are still talking about, even in the last 24 hours, we've received a dozen new calls on a story News 8 brought you last week about a woman being kicked out a court room for breastfeeding.