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ACF should improve oversight of Head Start to better protect children’s safety


The Office of Head Start (OHS)—part of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF)— oversees Head Start grant recipients to ensure their compliance with program standards, including standards addressing children’s safety. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) initiated this review to determine the extent to which recipients received adverse findings from ACF for violating program standards that prohibit child abuse, leaving a child unsupervised (lack of supervision), or releasing a child to an unauthorized person (unauthorized release); assess ACF’s oversight of how recipients identify, address, and prevent such incidents; and identify opportunities to better protect children. (author abstract)

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Reports & Papers
United States
Florida; Texas
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