Think the government shutdown isn't having an impact on American families? Think again. Here are a few "early returns" on the impact so far:
- Close to 3,915 Head Start seats have been lost since the shutdown began.
- Georgia Head Start programs serving another 2,422 children are set to close on Monday if the shutdown continues
- Programs serving students in New York, Florida and Alabama, serving 1,172 students total, are also at risk if the shutdown doesn't end before the week is out, according to the National Head Start Association.
- Some colleges are reporting issues with verifying tax returns for financial aid and difficulty reaching Education Department offices that have been shuttered in the shutdown.
- The Huffington Post reports that high-profile sexual assualt investigations at colleges have ground to a halt: http://huff.to/1c6fPx0
- Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, on the shutdown and education: "We've got a week's worth of money for [Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, formerly known as welfare]. We've got a month's worth of money for food stamps through the WIC program. We've got a week's worth of money for some child care, for some protective services for kids. And each of these programs, in our state, over 900,000 people, you're talking between 10,000 and 20,000 people who are affected...
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