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EXCLUSIVE: Government Shutdown Now Putting Children at Risk - Erika Lathon

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MADISON, Tenn. - Kids in day cares aren't old enough to vote or even understand a budget, but they are about to be affected by the Government Shutdown in a big way. It's a daycare problem affecting kids here and across the state. The stalemate in Washington could take food out of their mouths. Kids at the Learning Tree Daycare Center in Madison have no idea what's going on in Washington. They're busy decorating their Halloween pumpkins, but their teacher is worried.

The Learning Tree is one of hundreds of child care centers and group homes that depend on government subsidies to defray the cost of food and other operational needs. The money is distributed by the state, but it comes from the federal government and the Shutdown is holding up the checks. New Life Learning Academy is facing a similar situation.

While the children are too young to understand, center operators want lawmakers to end the Shutdown before it takes food off the table for those who need it most. Nearly 300 daycare centers and group homes across the state could be affected by the Shutdown. Patsy Simpson, Director of the Cherry Tree Food Program in Clarksville, is urging center directors to write or email to put pressure on lawmakers in Washington.

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