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Accession Number PB2013-104292
Title Cenla Community Action Committee's Financial Management Practices and Systems Did Not Always Meet Federal Requirements.
Publication Date Aug 2012
Media Count 35p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract Title VI of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981 established Head Start as a Federal discretionary grant program. The major program objectives include promoting school readiness and enhancing the social and cognitive development of low-income children by providing educational, health, nutritional, and social services. Pursuant to P.L. No. 110-134, Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007, Early Head Start is a national program designed to promote healthy prenatal outcomes for pregnant women, enhance the development of very young children, and promote healthy family functioning. Within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start (OHS), administers the Head Start program. In fiscal year (FY) 2010, Congress appropriated $7.2 billion to fund Head Starts regular operations. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act), P.L. No. 111-5, provided an additional $2.1 billion for the Head Start program during FYs 2009 and 2010. These funds were intended for activities such as expanding enrollment, funding cost-of-living wage increases for grantees, upgrading centers and classrooms, and bolstering training and technical assistance. Cenla Community Action Committee, Inc. (Cenla), a nonprofit agency, operates an Early Head Start program and a Head Start program that together serve children from 6 months to age 5 and pregnant women and families at locations in Rapides Parish, Louisiana. Cenla is funded primarily through Federal Government grants. During FY 2010 (April 1, 2009, through March 31, 2010), OHS provided Head Start and Early Head Start funds to Cenla totaling $7,317,615, which included $829,500 in Recovery Act funds. Cenla also received funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Community Services Block Grant program, and the Home Energy Assistance Program.
Keywords Cenla Community Action Committee
Early childhood education
Federal assistance programs
Federal requirements
Financial management
Head Start program
Low income groups
Social services

Source Agency Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC
NTIS Subject Category 92D - Education, Law, & Humanities
92C - Social Concerns
43C - Human Resources
91K - Social Services
70B - Management Practice
Corporate Author Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC. Office of the Inspector General.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1311
Contract Number N/A

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