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Parents learn Henderson's Head Start is ending at South Heights

On Tuesday, some Henderson parents learned their young children won't be able to finish out the school year. 

The Head Start Program based at South Heights Elementary School is closing next month due to federal budget cuts.

Parents say they were called to the school for a meeting and never expected they'd find out their child will be without a school.

Parents gathered in trailers behind South Heights Elementary School Tuesday night for what they thought was a meeting about the next school year, not this.

"We just found out she can't even finish the school year," parent Britney Bell said. 

"It's going to be bad. I got to find somewhere for my little girl to go to school," parent Ashley Carter said. 

We're told the Head Start Program, operated by Audubon Area Head Start, will close its South Heights facility early next month, affecting over 50 children.

"All through school we hear the slogan "No Child Left Behind," and now apparently, all the three year old are," Bell said.

Bell says she was told the South Heights location is closing due federal budget cuts, a victim of the so-called sequestration.

"They said they had to cut a million dollars worth of funding, and apparently the preschool is $206,000 of it," Bell said. 

The cuts, parents say, will end up costing them more money if they have to end up enrolling their child in a private program or daycare during the day.

"It helps us out throughout the day to help us get out things done and stuff we need to do," parent Tormarr Bell said. 

Parents say they were given some alternatives, other programs their children might be able to be a part of if there's space.

"She can just finish until May 3rd and then she's just out of luck until there's an opening in another spot," Britney Bell said.

We're told the staff based at that location could also soon be out of a job.

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