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Head Start Programs safe during government shutdown

SARATOGA, N.Y. -- The government shutdown is impacting everything from National Parks to thousands of furloughed federal employees, but the Head Start program in Saratoga County isn't being affected yet.

Head Start is funded by the federal government, but the local Head Start of Saratoga County says it will not be shutting down. Head Start and Early Head Start programs provide educational, health, and social services to low income families starting from pregnancy to 5-years old.

Saratoga County Director Pam Dray says its program is funded by a grant through June of 2014. She says the only interruption would be if there was a technical issue.

"The people in our regional office are federal employees and they are not working so that's why if there was a glitch in the electronic system we would have some trouble drawing down our money but so far so good," she said.

Anita Paley, Executive Director of the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council, says she fears that if the shutdown continues, low income families that rely on other federally funded assistance programs could be in trouble.

"By people not receiving the funding from their federal vendors and possibly needing food and things for their homes  so we could see an increase in traffic in our food pantry or at our soup kitchen," she said.

She said when it comes to WIC, the county services around 1,800 families that are still getting their checks.

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