NORWALK - Dozens of parents and students rallied at Norwalk City Hall on Thursday after learning that financial concerns will temporarily shutter their local Head Start program.

Officials with Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now say they were told by the Administration of Children and Families that its operation of the Head Start program would be suspended.

An interim group will take over the program.

The administration apparently cited a range of problems ranging from financial mismanagement to debt.

However, many parents say the accusations are untrue, and that NEON has provided ample services.

NEON's acting president and CEO says Head Start will be open on Friday, and that Monday hours will be disclosed at a later time.