CAPS Loses State Aid; At-Risk Kids Out of Luck

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A local nonprofit organization lost its state funding, leaving more than 100 at-risk kids without free preschool programs.

The director of Lansing's Child Abuse Prevention Services says she received a letter one week ago explaining there simply wasn't enough money to go around to all of the agencies that had applied for the grant money.

CAPS will lose more than $1 million in funding over the next three years. Director Julie Allen says that means they will not be able to pay for preschool for the 108 at-risk kids they had enrolled.

Allen and her staff are now working with area agencies to place the kids.

Head Start Director Lucy McClintic says her agency has already taken 40 applications in and enrolled 26 children.