BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) -- A Head Start program in Bridgeport that was closed because of the partial government shutdown re-opened its doors today.
Hundreds of hard working families were left without the support they've come to rely on, but now Action for Bridgeport Community Development, ABCD , is back up and running.
News 8 spotted sleepy toddlers and smiling parents who are obviously relieved.
"Yes I am because the school is there for my kid, I'm very happy," said Claudia Correa.
The daycare drop off was very welcome for folks who have gone without child care for nearly two weeks.
Many who had been staying home, missing work while politicians try to work things out.
"Oh I'm very relieved actually it kept me out of work for four days," said parent Tyshawn Pharr, "so I'm real relieved about that."
ABCD had to close, as well as programs in Trumbull and Stratford, when the government shutdown meant no money to run the daycare and Head Start programs for 1,200 low income families, meaning backup babysitting.
"Had to have whoever could pitch in, ya know, as best they could, so I'm happy," said Latarvia Weathers.
Last week Governor Dannel Malloy announced Connecticut would send 800,000 state Department of Education dollars to run things for at least a month: a temporary fix to counteract the federal shutdown.
It's not just the daycare and Head Start programs back open, it's also a meal program providing lunches to many of the children every day.
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