ROCK HILL — Area Head Start centers reopened Wednesday morning using money donated by Texas millionaires after being closed for two days because of the federal government shutdown.
All eight area centers in York, Chester, Lancaster and Union counties that serve 864 children reopened, Rock Hill Head Start officials said.
Parents and staff were notified late Monday and Tuesday that the $10 million donation from the Arnold Foundation would fund affected Head Start programs in seven states so classes would begin again Wednesday. Staffers had been furloughed when the money for Head Start that all comes from the Department Health and Human Services ran out Friday after the government shutdown started Oct. 1.
The area Head Start administered by non-profit Carolina Community Actions is the only one in South Carolina affected by the shutdown.
Area Head Start costs about $555,000 per month for staff, buildings, transportation, meals, services for disabled children, and other costs.
The donated money will keep Head Start open through October.
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