Government Shutdown's Impact On Children

The government shutdown could hurt the youngest among us.

The Colorado Springs Head Start program, run by the Community Partnership for Child Development (CPCD), only has enough funding from the government to stay open through the end of this month. If the shutdown goes beyond October, they may be forced to close.

That decision could harm the children from more than 1,000 local families benefiting from the program, CPCD CEO Noreen Landis says. She tells 11 News the program is critical for the scholastic development of children coming from low-income families.

"Children who are living in poverty, if they have the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive early childhood program, they are significantly more likely to graduate from high school, go on to college, own their own homes, be contributing members of society," Landis said.

The program helps children 5 years old and under prepare scholastically for kindergarten.