BELVIDERE (WIFR) -- A computer problem that forced the Head Start program in Belvidere to close on Monday is fixed; workers at the agency say the problem could have been solved sooner if federal employees had been allowed in the office.
The 40 kids who participate in the Two Rivers Head Start Agency will be back in class on Tuesday. However, they had to skip on Monday because of a computer problem that prevented the agency from getting its hands on the federal grant dollars needed to pay employees. The leader of Two Rivers says she'd been trying for days to get help, but couldn't get in touch with workers in Washington.
“Head Start always deals with things immediate but when the people aren't there, it's hard to get your problem fixed, and if it wasn’t for the government shut down, the people would have been there,” says Diane Lacey, the Executive Director at the Two Rivers Head Start Agency. “I don’t feel its right to ask people to come to work and not pay them. If we knew it was only going to be for a day and then corrected, we would not have shut down."
More than 1,000 kids in 5 counties take part in the Two Rivers Head Start Agency. They will all be back in class on Tuesday. This wasn't the only agency that had problems getting their grant funding; Head Start agencies across the country dealt this this issue but the problem has been resolved.