COLEMAN, Texas -

Central Texas Opportunities Inc., which operates Head Start programs in schools for seven Big Country counties, laid off almost 100 employees Thursday after the organization lost a federal grant.

Impacted counties include Brown, Callahan, Comanche, Coleman, Eastland, McCulloch and Runnels.

Every five years, Head Start programs have to compete for funding from the Designation Renewal Program, which is a federal grant.

Officials say the grant went to another entity this year.

As a result, Head Start educators employed by that agency won't have a job. Eleven Head Start programs will be affected.