This past week, The Record has had two stories about the Head Start program in San Joaquin County. The first followed up on what is known about an investigation into management at the Head Start Child Development Council Inc., which contracts with San Joaquin County government to provide services. The county receives a federal grant for those services.
Hours before that story was published, the federal office overseeing Head Start announced the county would have to compete with any other interested contenders if it wishes to continue receiving those grants.
The supporting documents from those stories can help show a more detailed picture of oversight of the Head Start and Early Head Start programs.
This document is a summary written by county staff to the Board of Supervisors last December, outlining the conclusions of an investigation stemming from complaints from current and former employees of the Child Development Council.
The federal Office of Head Start does its own oversight.
Here are a couple of documents from the last triennial review of the program in San Joaquin County. The first is an overview of the findings from those reviews. The second shows the scores tallied from classroom visits that were a part of that reviews. (For the most part, the higher the score, the better. A notable exception is the “negative climate” score. The local program has a low score in this category. That is a good thing.)
But the low scores in the “instructional support” are lower than the feds want them to be. That is clear in this letter the Office of Head Start sent to the Board of Supervisors earlier this week.