Health and Human Services Dept. efforts to improve the delivery of Head Start services by forcing underperforming providers to enter into open competitions has largely failed to attract novice providers into the mix, according to a new government report. The Head Start program is the largest federal investment in early childhood education and providers are funded via a 60-month grant, which can be renewed. Historically, Head Start grants were indefinite in term, and grantees remained in the program unless their grants were terminated for cause. The Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 amended the Head Start Act to establish five-year terms for Head Start grants. In 2012, HHS's Administration for Children and Families (ACF) launched the Designation Renewal System (DRS) which determines the grantees not providing a high-quality and comprehensive Head Start program. They have to recomplete or participate in open competition for funding renewal. The DRS uses seven "trigger conditions" to [...]
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