NORWALK, Conn. – Parents of Norwalk children in the Head Start program will have no place to send their children today (Tuesday) as Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now (NEON) and the agency assigned to run Head Start on an interim basis, Colorado-based Community Development Institute (CDI) continue to negotiate use of the building space at the Ely and Franklin schools. NEON’s Head Start suspension and CDI’s takeover were announced Oct. 24.
Meanwhile, the South Norwalk Community Center (SoNoCC), investigated the possibility of stepping in to provide services but was unsuccessful.
“We tried to reach out to some Norwalk ACTS members, but there’s not much anyone can do because of licensing issues,” said Patrick Ferrandino, SoNoCC deputy director. “We were told not to make our place available unless the parent accompanies the child. That doesn’t help anyone, unfortunately. We met with (Norwalk Superintendent of Schools) Dr. (Manny) Rivera (Monday) for future initiatives. We had about 30 kids and parents, many are Head Start families, with us late this afternoon for group music lessons. We feel helpless. It’s a sad, sad situation.”
There are 547 children enrolled in NEON’s Head Start program, an employee said recently.
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