In an announcement to Head Start grantees and delegate agencies last week, the Office of Head Start reminds agencies of their right to shift funding from services for Head Start preschool age children to Early Head Start services, whether or not they currently operate an Early Head Start program.
Early Head Start is a program that provides child development and family support services to low-income families with children under three years of age and pregnant women and their families.
According to the announcement, this ability to shift funds in order to convert enrollment slots was written into the Head Start Act of 2007 as a way for agencies to more easily adapt to the changing needs of their communities. Particularly since states and localities have increased their funding of public pre-K programs that may now serve children previously served by Head Start. Special considerations for American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) grantees were also written into the law. If the AIAN program operates both a Head Start and Early Head Start program, they may reallocate funds between programs at their discretion.
Requests for conversion of enrollment slots can be made during the refunding application or through a separate grand amendment. For more details on exactly now agencies can begin the process, click to read the full announcement.