Compliance Date for Head Start Background Check


The Office of Head Start will delay the compliance date for background checks procedures described in the Head Start Program Performance Standards final rule that was published in the Federal Register on September 6, 2016. We are taking this action to afford programs more time to implement systems that meet the background checks procedures and to align with deadlines for states complying with background check requirements found in the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014.

Source: Federal Register

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IM 12-01 Choosing an External Auditor – Head Start

Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-133 applies to audits of States, local governments, and non-profit organizations.1 Most grantees and delegate agencies that expend $500,000 or more from Federal awards in a fiscal year, including funds received directly from the Federal Government for other programs, must have a single audit.2 Single audit means an audit that includes the entity’s financial statements and the Federal awards as described in OMB Circular A-133 §_.500 and covers the entire operation of the grantee.

Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center

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Review of 24 Head Start Grantees’ Compliance With Health and Safety Requirements


The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, P.L. No.111-5 (Recovery Act), signed into law on February 17, 2009, included measures to modernize our Nation’s infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need.

Title VI of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981 established Head Start as a Federal discretionary grant program. The major program objectives include promoting school readiness and enhancing the social and cognitive development of low-income children by providing health, educational, nutritional, and social services. In 1994, the Head Start program was expanded to establish Early Head Start, which serves children from birth to 3 years of age. We refer collectively to both programs as “Head Start.” Within the Department of Health and Human Services, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Head Start, administers Head Start. In fiscal year (FY) 2009, Congress appropriated $7.1 billion to fund Head Start’s regular operations. The Recovery Act provided an additional $2.1 billion for Head Start during FYs 2009 and 2010. These funds were intended for activities such as expanding enrollment, funding cost-of-living wage increases for grantees, upgrading centers and classrooms, and bolstering training and technical assistance.

Pursuant to Federal Head Start regulations (45 CFR § 1304.53(a)(7)), Head Start grantees must provide for the maintenance, repair, safety, and security of all Head Start facilities. These regulations also specify that facilities used by Head Start grantees for regularly scheduled, center-based activities must comply with State and local licensing requirements. If State and local licensing standards are less stringent than the Head Start regulations or if no State licensing standards are applicable, grantees must ensure that their facilities comply with the “Head Start Program Performance Standards” related to health and safety (45 CFR § 1306.30(c)).

From May 2009 through October 2010, we conducted site visits and assessed health and safety compliance at 24 Head Start grantees that managed 175 facilities in 8 States.

Source: Office of Inspector General, Administration for Children and Families

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Navajo Head Start losing half of funding


Navajo Head Start is facing more funding cuts as the program continues to be chronically under-enrolled.

Navajo President Ben Shelly has directed the Department of Diné Education to prepare for cuts and to begin taking action by the end of the month.

The funding reduction, which cuts available dollars nearly in half, takes effect Nov. 1.

That’s a loss of nearly $14 million per year from a program already struggling with compliance issues, past funding suspensions and difficulty finding and keeping qualified staff. A loss of federal dollars also could mean cuts to services on the sprawling, 27,000-square-mile reservation.

Source: Farmington Daily Times

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