UPPER MARLBORO, Md. — Prince George’s County school officials say they will run a new program for pre-school children that will operate in place of the county’s troubled Head Start program, which recently lost federal funding.

School officials announced in a news release Friday that the new program, Early Start, will be paid for by about $5.5 million in local school system funds.

School system CEO Kevin Maxwell said in a statement that no services or former Head Start sites are being cut.

The Administration for Children and Families announced in August that they were terminating their $6.4 million grant for the Head Start program in the wake of allegations of misconduct and mistreatment of children by instructors and aides.

Officials say the Early Start program will serve 855 students at 36 program sites.