ERIC Number: ED341515
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Readiness To Expand Head Start Enrollment.
Kusserow, Richard P.
An examination of the Head Start program by the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Resources was conducted to assess the capacity of the Head Start system to manage the enrollment expansion process successfully. The national Head Start program is in its 26th year and is administered by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). About 1,300 grantees operate local Head Start programs and serve primarily low-income children of 3 to 5 years. Two rounds of Head Start enrollment expansion in fiscal year 1990 totalled $266 million, and another $159 million, or a 10 percent increase, is scheduled for fiscal year 1991. Total enrollment is projected to increase from 450,970 children to nearly 600,000 children. Structured interviews with a stratified random sample of 75 grantees and 58 program staff members produced the findings that grantees have met enrollment expansion goals for the first round and expect to meet the goals for the next round, and that acquiring space is the grantees' primary problem. Grantees and federal staff have differing views about the impact of expansion on quality, with most grantees generally feeling positive about the impact. Regional staff feel they lack sufficient time and staff to monitor and assist grantees. Recommendations regarding ACF staff resource needs, lead time for grantee expansion, data collection, and ACF staff communication are offered. Comments of the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families are appended. (LB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Inspector General (DHHS), Washington, DC.