Layoffs could affect Valley Head Start locations

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Those now operating the local Head Start program in Mahoning County said there will be no loss of service later this summer when the program changes hands.

The interim contract between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Community Development Institute to run the local education program is set to expire July 31. CDI took over the operation a year ago after officials with the Mahoning-Youngstown Community Action Partnership, better known as MYCAP, relinquished it.

The pending changeover means 143 people now working for Head Start will be losing their jobs, at least temporarily, until the new administrators take over.

The Office of Head Start serves nearly 1,000 children in the county, as well as 40 infants.

The release states that CDI HS plans to lay off 143 people from its locations in Youngstown, Campbell, Canfield, Sebring, Boardman and Austintown, between July 31 and Aug. 14.

A full list of the offices affected can be seen here.

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