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AISD Dropping Early Head Start Program

Pat Williams, Cluster Director for Caprock Pat Williams, Cluster Director for Caprock

A program meant to help lower income children is getting dropped from the Amarillo Independent School District.

This December AISD will be forgoing the program that teaches kids earlier to prepare them for school. Officials say it all comes down to cost.

The federally funded program assist kids zero to three, and are meant for kids who receive free or discounted lunches.

But the cost of running the program keeps increasing... Since AISD has to match some of the grant.

Pat Williams, Cluster Director for Caprock says, "Our portion of the grant was going to be close to 250 thousand dollars this year. We tried to get the cost to come down and we tried to get things change, we flew to Dallas and met with them and could not get any leyway on any of those things."

Williams says the program will not be going away though.. It will have to be picked up by another agency... They are just not sure who yet.

Even though it will be picked up by another agency... Williams says they want the location to stay at Caprock and Palo Duro High Schools.

He says that's because the program keeps teen parents in school, since they don't have to worry about what they will do with their kids when they are in class.

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