The City of Norwalk is concerned children won't be getting a Head Start.
“In an effort to move the process forward I am prepared to take whatever steps necessary to ensure compliance with the Federal suspension of NEON’s authority and to get the federally-selected Head Start operator into a position to serve our local families.”
Mayor Moccia asked again for NEON’s cooperation by allowing Community Development Institute to manage the Head Start program under NEON’s Connecticut Child Day Care Center license.
Conflict has risen between Norwalk Economic Opportunity NOW Inc, and the Community Development Institute over operation of the Head Start program at two locations, Nathaniel Ely and Benjamin Franklin.
A statement, sent on behalf of Chiquita Stephenson, Acting CEO/President of NEON Inc. said, “NEON’s focus at this time are Norwalk’s children and families that we serve. We feel they should not have to pay for the poor planning on the part of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the City of Norwalk.
NEON’s board of directors and staff are seeking private sponsorship to assist with keeping our children in the classroom and our working families employed.”
NEON has until 5 pm
to sign a Memorandum allowing CDI to operate the Head Start program at Nathaniel Ely and Benjamin Franklin or a new location will have to found for the students."