Day Cares in Norwalk, Stamford to Open Wednesday

By Josh Chapin
|  Wednesday, Oct 9, 2013  |  Updated 7:32 AM EDT
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More than 500 children and their parents were wondering if they have a place to go to school on Wednesday. Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now or NEON says they will.

Josh Chapin, Jon Wardle

More than 500 children and their parents were wondering if they have a place to go to school on Wednesday. Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now or NEON says they will.

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Two preschool facilities in Norwalk have been closed for the last two days without warning.

But late Tuesday night, Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now, or NEON, said their programs will reopen at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday and staff should report for their normal schedule.

The two days the facilities were closed were a struggle for some who did not know what to do with their children.

"I think it's a terrible thing," said Tasha Medina. "I heard about Bridgeport's Head Start closing and I'm hoping it doesn't happen in Norwalk."

Unfortunately, it did.

Signs at one facility said it would be open Wednesday; the other didn't.

"What can you do? What can you do? I just think there should be better communication," said Nicole Derry. "My thing is that they should at least have a director of the program here to explain to the parents that are showing up what's going on."

Both NEON's facilities, the Nathaniel Ely School and at the Ben Franklin Center, have been shut since Monday morning because of financial difficulties. Parents showed up Monday trying to bring their kids to their Head Start programs.

"Nobody called me. Nobody say nothing," said Carlos Rios. "I gotta go to work. I gotta waste time and it's going to be very difficult."

NEON provides early childhood learning to more than 500 kids ages 15 months to 5 years giving families a reliable and educational place to bring their kids on a daily basis.

The government shutdown did force a Head Start program based in Bridgeport to close but it's unclear if that has anything to do with this situation at NEON.

Both their programs in Norwalk and Stamford will be open Wednesday.

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