ERIC Number: ED394657
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Head Start. Information on Federal Funds Unspent by Program Grantees. Report to the Chairman, Committee on the Budget, House of Representatives.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.
In fiscal year 1995, Head Start--the centerpiece of federal early childhood programs--was appropriated $3.5 billion to provide a range of services to eligible, preschool-aged children from low-income families. Since 1990, Congress increased funding for Head Start by 135 percent to allow more children the opportunity to participate and to improve the quality of Head Start services. During this period of growth, virtually all program funds were awarded to grantees. However, some Head Start grantees, as expected, did not spend all of their program funds and carried these unspent funds forward for use in subsequent years. This report to Congress specifies (1) the amount of Head Start funding unspent by program grantees at the end of grantee budget years 1992, 1993, and 1994, and the reasons for these unspent funds; (2) the proportion of carryover funds that was added to grantee awards that offset grantee awards in subsequent years; (3) the proportion of carryover funds that are one or more grantee budget years old; and (4) the grantees' intended use of carryover funds. Appendix 1 discusses the scope and methodology of the study. Appendix 2 lists Head Start grantees included in the representative sample. Appendix 3 lists GAO contacts and staff acknowledgement. Contains 12 figures and 2 tables. (DR)
Descriptors: Accounting, Budgets, Cost Estimates, Expenditures, Federal Aid, Federal Programs, Financial Support, Money Management, Preschool Education, Program Administration, Program Budgeting, Resource Allocation
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20884-6015 (First copy, free. Additional copies, $2 each).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.