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Harrison Co. Head Start centers closed until Jan. 7

Head Start Center's throughout Harrison County are now scheduled to start back on January seventh. This news led to many disappointed and confused people Tuesday morning. (Photo source: WLOX) Head Start Center's throughout Harrison County are now scheduled to start back on January seventh. This news led to many disappointed and confused people Tuesday morning. (Photo source: WLOX)
Community Development Institute is temporarily replacing the Gulf Coast Community Action Agency as a service provider for Head Start. This after GCCAA's services to Head Start were terminated by the Dept. of Health & Human Services. (Photo source: WLOX) Community Development Institute is temporarily replacing the Gulf Coast Community Action Agency as a service provider for Head Start. This after GCCAA's services to Head Start were terminated by the Dept. of Health & Human Services. (Photo source: WLOX)
According to a note posted on Head Start's website Tuesday morning, school will be back in session Thursday, January seventh. (Photo source: WLOX) According to a note posted on Head Start's website Tuesday morning, school will be back in session Thursday, January seventh. (Photo source: WLOX)
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Head Start Centers throughout Harrison County are now scheduled to start back on January seventh. This news led to many disappointed and confused people Tuesday morning.

Many parents were still expecting to drop their children off at school on Monday, but that didn't happen.

"All I know is that my little girl wants to go to school," said parent Charles Lewis.

And like many others, Lewis found the doors locked at Isiah Fredericks Head Start Center in Gulfport. It took him and little Karli by surprise.

Gretta Buckley waited by the bus stop near her home for a bus that never came.

"And after the bus no-show, I come over here to the school and it looks like it's locked down," said Buckley.

It was the same story for dozens of parents and guardians expecting to drop their little ones off. Vershanda Luster said she usually gets a call if something important happens at the school. When winter break started on December 17th, Luster remembered seeing a note that said school would start back up on January fifth. She never heard anything different.

"The only notification that I got was this transfer of consent that another agency would be taking over," said Luster.

The agency, Community Development Institute, is temporarily replacing the Gulf Coast Community Action Agency as a service provider for Head Start. This after GCCAA's services to Head Start were terminated by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Several parents said that amid the transition, something must have been lost in translation.

"What's going on? Is she going to have her teachers? Is it just one Head Start program, is it all the schools? I didn't know what was going on," said Pamela Warren.

As a working mother, Warren relies on Head Start for the education and daycare of one of her children. Now, she's second guessing that reliance.

"But, you know, if nothing changes, I'm not comfortable with the Head Start program," said Warren.

As for others, confidence in the program is still strong, regardless of past problems, or this schedule change.

"I'll be glad when they get it all back together," said parent Marjorie Lee. 

Lee wasn't the only one who felt that the issues at Head Start would be resolved. Bishop Jackson's four-old granddaughter attends Head Start.

"I've never had a problem here. And I'm one of those grandparents that's here a lot," said Bishop Jackson.

In Jackson's eyes, the program is a huge benefit to the community.

"The kids need the Head Start. I know that much," said Jackson.

Several parents on Facebook said they received notice Monday that the schools would not be opening Tuesday. According to a note posted on Head Start's website Tuesday morning, school will be back in session Thursday, January seventh.

WLOX reached out to Head Start and we haven't yet received word as to why the schedule was changed.

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