ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — The Head Start early-childhood education program in Rapides Parish is under new — and temporary — management.
The Town Talk reports ( ) Cenla Community Action Committee Inc. lost its federal grant July 31 and has been replaced by Community Development Institute, a national interim Head Start provider based in Colorado.
"CDI, our national interim provider, is serving as interim management at your program," Kenneth Wolfe, deputy director of the Office of Public Affairs for the Administration of Children and Families, said in an email.
CCAC had been cited by the federal Office of the Inspector General in Aug. 17, 2012, for "failing to always meet federal requirements" in its financial management practices. Federal officials declined to comment beyond the statement issued by Wolfe.
The transition from CCAC to CDI will not affect the approximately 700 Head Start students served in the district nor their parents, said Pearly Aaron, supervisor of CDI Head Start Lakeview in Pineville.
Aaron said she expects about 180 students at the Lakeview Street location, formerly Tom Thumb Head Start Center.
She is happy with the new provider, saying she and others welcome CDI with open hearts and minds.
"We are achieving so much under the leadership of that great team," Aaron said. "They are providing much-needed things ... like supplies, transportation. They're doing a great job getting Head Start centers prepared for the school term."
Head Start is a federal early-childhood education program for children up to age 5 from low-income families. Classes will begin here Tuesday.
The Community Development Institute has provided interim services to more than 151 programs since 2000, according to the company's website.
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