Pre-K schools feeling the squeeze of the budget impasse

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A lot of pre-kindergarten learning centers state wide are facing tough decisions.

Some are taking out loans to keep their doors open while others are considering shutting down until the budget impasse ends.

According to Pre-K For PA coalition, they have confirmed that 19 providers will be closed by November 10, affecting 884 kids and families and an additional 16 confirmed they will close by December 30, affecting 1345 kids and families.

Bright Futures Learning Center in Steelton is feeling the pinch.

They have been cutting back their hours, and several senior employees have not received a paycheck in several weeks.

Laura Pryor is an administrator at the Steelton facility. She says things are not looking good, and closing down until a budget is reached, is still an option. “We are looking at 86 children who may be displaced very shortly if the budget is not passed,” said Pryor, We have 13-15 teachers that could be laid off and displaced from employment.’

Pryor says parents have donated food and other items during the budget impasse, and they will continue to do what they can to remain open, so they can continue to educate more than 86 children who attend the school.

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