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DPS Loses Head Start Funding in Error

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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Detroit Public Schools lost federal funding for 1,000 seats for preschoolers from low-income families who participate in the Head Start program. According to a report from Bridge Magazine, the loss came in error from a blown deadline on the part of DPS.

Chastity Pratt Dawsey from Bridge Magazine reports:

"Asked why DPS failed to meet the Head Start deadline, the district released a statement on Monday saying DPS is actually expanding preschool. DPS did not answer questions regarding the Head Start application snafu, but described it as a program limited to poor students. About 82 percent of DPS students are eligible for free or reduced price lunch.

"'DPS will no longer be including Head Start, which qualifies children based solely on their meeting poverty level requirements, in its early childhood education program offerings,' the district said in a written statement.

"Last year, DPS had 3,363 children in early childhood programs, about 900 of them in Head Start. Despite losing the Head Start funds, the district plans to add 540 seats in 34 new classrooms using funds from the state’s Great Start Readiness Program and federal Title I funds.

"DPS officials did not explain how losing more than 900 Head Start seats and adding 540 Great Start and Title 1 seats amounted to an increase in early childhood offerings."

Read the full article from Bridge Magazine here.

-- Laura Weber-Davis