- Associated Press - Sunday, March 13, 2016

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Federally funded preschools are being closed in some communities in southcentral Montana in order to relocate them to other cities.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://tinyurl.com/zzgst6q ) that Head Start schools in Joliet and Red Lodge are closing so schools in Billings and Laurel can admit more children. A needs assessment study found there was higher demand in those cities.

The Billings-based program serves Yellowstone, Carbon and Stillwater counties and is limited to a certain number of seats. The nonprofit has been struggling to spread resources across the area.

Parents with children at the closing schools say they understand the struggle, but regret that their children need to lose opportunities in order to provide for others.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com


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