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Gridlocked: More pre-K programs closing amid budget battle

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 2, 2015 12:46 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- With budget talks dragging on in the commonwealth's capitol, more early childhood centers certified under the state-subsidized pre-kindergarten program are closing without state aid. 

The state Department of Education says 15 Pre-K Counts programs, with 538 children enrolled, have closed.

This year's prolonged budget impasse has entered its sixth month, forcing school districts, counties and social and human services organizations to shutter services, lay off employees, put off bills or go into debt to survive. 

Children from low-income families qualify for Pre-K Counts, which serves nearly 14,000 children.

Other Pre-K Counts providers are laying off staff or asking them to work for free.

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