Hernando County, Florida-- Hernando County's Head Start program received good news after nearly a week of the US Government shutdown- they're able to open for at least one more week.
But since their $2.5 million grant was cut off on October 1, parents and workers between the Spring Hill and Brooksville locations are worried about what will happen in weeks to come.
Single mother of three and teacher, Angela Thompson, worked through a lesson on Friday knowing that with the shutdown, any day could be the last for the Head Start program.
"It's very difficult for me as a mom, as a teacher, to try to be positive, to stay positive because it's tough when you don't know your future," Thompson told 10 News.
There are over 260 kids and 75 staff members at their Brooksville and Springhill locations. Thompson's class is already missing at least 10 kids.
"Parents are searching trying to find a place to go. They have to work," said Thompson.
Lisa Lett is an example of that. She picked up her four-year-old son Caundre and said she wonders what she will do with the close of the program.
"...Why? Why would they do this? Being such short notice, I don't have a plan," said Lett. "I don't know what will happen Monday."
Parents and faculty both at Hernando Head start hope the federal government can reach a decision soon.
"It's gut wrenching," Elizabeth Hustead said of the situation.
According to hustead, the uncertainty of the shutdown leaves everyone in the same situation.
"It's the fear of the unknown with our staff," she said. "They have no idea how long this will last."
With a hug from a staff member, little Caundre and mom Lisa left the Head Start facility.
"It just makes you wanna cry," Lett said.
The sign out front says October is Head Start awareness month, but the true struggle is to make sure the federal government is aware of these kids.