I am writing today to share my concerns about the Head Start Program in Cabarrus County, North Carolina.
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The Child Development Institute Head Start (CDI-Head Start – http://www.cdiheadstart.org/) assumed operation of Cabarrus Head Start July 1, 2017. The community assumed the Head Start program would continue without interruption, because Region IV Head Start in Atlanta had reported it would be a smooth transition from the previous grantee. We are nine months into the school year and the program has not opened the doorsof the center.
We were told in August there was a mold issue in the facilities and they would abate the mold and the program would be open by October, 2017 and then every month we were told the program would be opened the following month. When we asked about the program in January, it was reported from CDI-Head Start staff that they were uncertain the program would be open this school year.
Parents promised a quality early learning center
CDI-Head Start staff reported to the community they are serving about 80 out of 170 children in a Head Start home visiting program for 90 minutes a month. Our families are very unhappy with this home visiting program, given they were told in August, 2017 their child would be served in a quality early learning center environment. Our community knows how important a quality early learning center environment is to children living in poverty.
Head Start means higher earnings, fewer crimes
The Perry School Study found that adults at age 40 who underwent a quality preschool program (such as Head Start) had higher earnings, committed fewer crimes, were more likely to hold a job, and were more likely to have graduated from high school than adults who did not have a quality preschool education. Cabarrus County is worried about the economic issues we will see in 2030 when our 170 Head Start children reach the workforce in our country.
Where did the money go?
The question most asked among these families is what has CDI-Head Start done with all the Federal funding provided to operate this grant for Fiscal year 2017-2018? Certainly it has not been spent on serving the children.
We appreciate your service in Washington and would love to talk with you about this issue.