Macon-Bibb Head Start is in jeopardy of losing federal funding

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Macon-Bibb Head Start Program is in jeopardy of losing federal funding.  The county’s Economic Opportunity Council could have seven-million dollars cut from its budget for the program, which helps under-served toddlers in Middle Georgia.

Members of the 100 Black Men of Macon-Middle Georgia are pledging their support.  They’re also asking the community to write lawmakers.

“We assembled here today to show support for the life-long partner in this community between 100 Black Men and the Macon-Bibb Economic Opportunity Council” says Cliffard Whitby, the organization’s former president. “We wanted to announce our unyielding support for the agency that has done this work for over 36 years in a stellar fashion with limited resources.” 

The EOC has been in charge of the Headstart Program for more than three decades.

“We have the compassion,” says Macon-Bibb County Economic Opportunity Council President, Lonnie Miley. “We have the experience. We have the staff and we have the community ties, to continue to operate this program efficiently.”

The Head Start Program serves more than 800 children in Bibb and Monroe Counties.  The program employs about 150 people.

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