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Future of Head Start program

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Updated: 8/22/2013 11:51 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Parents have some tough questions for federal leaders of the Head Start program.

It was only announced yesterday that a temporary organization, Community Development Institute, would be taking over Head Start. But, federal leaders suspended the Urban League four months ago for major safety issues.

The $13.8 million in grant money to the Urban League was terminated Wednesday. We asked federal leaders what took so long to get a temporary group in place. "Part of it is giving them the chance to fix what we say is wrong.

Yvette Sanchez Fuentes is the director of Head Start. She says the final check on improvements by the Urban League only happened last week and some buildings proved still to be unsafe. But there's another problem. "There are buses, but unfortunately we've not been given access to the buses," said Sanchez Fuentes.

The director assured parents the issue would be fixed before the September 3 start date. But not every parent is as optimistic. "The communication is going to get better. School will open and parents will know where their kids are going," said Sanchez Fuentes. "It seems like it'll be awhile before they get it together," said Kirkland.

Our calls to the Jacksonville Urban League were not returned. They are appealing the April suspension. They have the option to appeal this weeks termination letter.

School is supposed to start Sept. 3. For more information on how to sign up your child, call 721-9788.
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