Since the administration announced in August that they were considering making changes to the recompetition triggers for the Designation Renewal System (DRS), NHSA has been gathering input from members of the Head Start community from across the country. Thank you to all who have participated so far.
Now, you have the opportunity to change DRS.
The Administration for Children and Families has proposed a number of changes that could directly affect your Head Start program. The largest proposed change is the removal of the CLASS 10% trigger—something the Head Start community and NHSA have been pushing for many years.
The other changes include raising the CLASS absolute thresholds and expanding the scope of the fiscal condition. The proposed fiscal condition trigger includes a finding of ceasing to be a going concern* at any point in the five-year grant cycle and an increased use of audit reports. The administration also called for comments about raising the deficiency trigger from one to two or more.
After gathering feedback and sharing multiple drafts with the Head Start community, we invite you to read our final version of comments.
In this official position statement of the Head Start community, we strongly agree with the removal of the 10% trigger, while pushing for further research on CLASS thresholds. We also propose making changes to the way CLASS observations are conducted, as well as reforms to the broader DRS, such as the creation of an appeals process.
Lastly, we call for a more specific use of audit findings to ensure that audits are used to identify systemic fiscal issues and that fiscally stable Head Start programs are not needlessly put through recompetition.
As a community dedicated to building a stronger, more effective Head Start, let’s unite and join our voices together to, once and for all, eliminate the arbitrary and damaging CLASS 10% trigger.
Voice your support by signing on to the comments today!
You can sign on as an individual, program, organization/association, or all of the above. Just be sure to sign on by next Thursday, September 26th.
Thank you again for your support of the comment process.