A decision about whether more than 130 Head Start providers will continue to receive federal funding to provide preschool services to low-income 4-year-olds has been put off until spring.
A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said that the expected December announcement about new Head Start grants would be delayed. Under a new competitive-rebidding process known as “designation renewal,” 132 Head Start providers that were earlier found to have deficiencies had to write new proposals to keep their funding. It’s the first time in the federal program’s history that long time Head Start grant recipients had to recompete to keep receiving their funds, including in Los Angeles County and New York City.
A version of this article appeared in the December 05, 2012 edition of Education Week as Funding Call Delayed For Head Start Grants