Rules Raise Bar for Head Start Centers
For the first time in the more than four-decade history of the Head Start program, early-education centers will have to prove they prepare disadvantaged children for kindergarten in order to hold on to their grants.
Long-awaited final rules , published Nov. 9, require the nation's 1,600 Head Start and Early Head Start programs, including migrant and tribal programs, to meet higher quality benchmarks every five years.
Poor performers—which the federal Office of Head Start estimates to number about one in three—will have to recompete for their grants beginning as...
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