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Head Start centers back in session across Harrison County

Some parents say they are glad to see the doors open again. (Photo source: WLOX News) Some parents say they are glad to see the doors open again. (Photo source: WLOX News)
The school opened two days later than originally planned. (Photo source: WLOX News) The school opened two days later than originally planned. (Photo source: WLOX News)
HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Head Start centers in Harrison County opened their doors two days later in 2016 than originally scheduled.

The schedule change came after a funding shakeup in December after the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) terminated Gulf Coast Community Action Agency (GCCAA) operations of Head Start. 

The Community Development Institute is temporarily running Head Start as the search is on for a new agency to take over operations. However, not all parents knew what was happening.

"I was ready for her to go back," said mom, Carol Coxe. "I kind of heard different things."

Several parents say they did receive a call from the school about when classes would resume earlier in the week. Tawana Smith-Clark says she's glad to see the doors open again. According to Smith-Clark, reports of past issues with the Head Start program won't keep her from bringing her child to the school.

"Whatever's best for the kids," said Smith-Clark. "They've been doing a good job, to me."

Jessica Armstrong also received a phone call about the rescheduled start date, and says that kind of communication isn't unusual coming from Head Start.

"Whenever anything goes on they call. It could be the smallest thing, they call and let me know and keep me updated on everything that's going on with him," said Armstrong.

Armstrong has already sent her daughter through the program, and now she's happy to see her son going to the same school. 

As far as stories that could shed a negative light on the Head Start program, David Magee doesn't give it a second thought. 

"There's more good than there is bad, I bet you that," said Magee.

According to a statement by DHHS, the Head Start centers in Harrison County teach more than 1,300 children annually.

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