ERIC Number: ED207724
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jul-23
Reference Count: N/A
Head Start: An Effective Program But the Fund Distribution Formula Needs Revision and Management Controls Need Improvement. Report to the Congress of the United States by the Comptroller General.
Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
This report from the Comptroller General to the United States Congress finds Head Start to be an effective program whose fund distribution formula needs revision and whose management controls need improvement. Head Start's funding for enrollment and operating costs increased significantly between 1977-81. However, these funding increases were not matched by sustained nationwide efforts to increase enrollments and maintain high program quality. Program quality is considered threatened by a trend among grantees to reduce services. It is recommended that Congress revise the method of distributing funds in order to assure that adequate funding increases are made available to grantees prior to the authorization to increase enrollments. Improvements needed in Head Start's partially completed system of management control are suggested; included is discussion of possible changes in planning, the management information system, program monitoring and federal staffing, and administrative support. Appendices record grantees and regional offices of the Department of Health and Human Services visited by the General Accounting Office, detail estimated unmet needs by States, and estimated average cost per child in Head Start full year and parent and child centers, indicate distribution of annual Head Start appropriations, and list data collection instruments and previous General Accounting Office reports on Head Start. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Administration, Educational Legislation, Educational Planning, Educational Quality, Enrollment Rate, Finance Reform, Financial Needs, Government Role, Organizational Effectiveness, Preschool Education, Program Costs, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Staff Utilization
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.