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The Background to Norwalk Head Start's Reopening

Patch caught up with State Senator Bob Duff by phone this afternoon to discuss the tentative plans for Head Start, formerly operated by NEON, to be reopened this week.

Duff described a conference call last Wednesday in which he was joined by Senator Blumenthal, Congressman Himes, a representative from Senator Murphy's office, State Rep. Bruce Morris, and Mayor Rilling in a conversation with representatives of the Department of Health and Human Services' Division of Children and Families (DCF). 

According to Duff, during that conversation the DHHS indicated their wish to wait to reopen Head Start in Norwalk in January.

"It was a lot of work because the federal government didn't want to open it (Head Start) until January," Duff said.

"We indicated that was unacceptable and asked for an earlier start," Duff added. "It was a challenge because they had to re-hire people from NEON and the Thanksgiving holiday took place in the process. We're very pleased that they found the resources to open up Head Start this week."

"We wanted to move this along because we knew how stressful it has been for parents and how stressful it's been for the children," Duff said.

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