State Audits New Orleans Head Start Program
An audit finds a Head Start contractor in New Orleans didn't enroll enough preschoolers to justify its federal grant. The report from the state legislative auditor's office says the nonprofit Total Community Action needed at least 2,510 students to comply with its grant but had enrolled only 1,951 in December.
In addition, the grant required that at least 10 percent be students with disabilities. The center was found to have a smaller percentage, although the audit did not specify the figure.
The Times-Picayune reports Total Community Action responded that enrollment was down last year because some of its Head Start centers were under construction or renovation. With the reopening of some this month and more coming in January, the agency said, it will reach the minimum enrollment for its grant.