Norwalk-based Head Start program NEON reopens amid shutdown, but not without financial woes

Officials at Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now say they were forced to shutter without the proper funding.

Officials at Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now say they were forced to shutter without the proper funding. (10/9/13)

NORWALK - Students enrolled in a Norwalk-based Head Start program returned to the classroom for the first time since being closed out by the partial shutdown of the federal government.

Officials at Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now say they were forced to shutter without the proper funding, but are happy to be back in business. However, they add that they still don't have the money to fund their child care program and will likely have to implement additional changes.

Interim CEO Chiquita Stephenson would not specify which programs would be cut, or how many jobs would be lost because she's still in the process of informing those affected. Aside from federal funding issues, NEON also faces funding cuts from Norwalk.

In the meantime, classroom sizes will be adjusted and other programs will be consolidated.

Norwalk Mayor Dick Moccia says NEON's problems should not be blamed on the city, but instead on the agency's own internal tribulations.

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