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Head Start Designation Renewal System 2.0

NHSDA Executive Director Yasmina Vinci write on the Designation Renewal System at Huffington Post:

In 2007, Congress attempted to strengthen the accountability of Head Start programs by requiring open competition for Head Start grants in communities where local programs were not offering high-quality services.

Since 2011, the Office of Head Start has been implementing the Designation Renewal System (DRS) to put that goal into action, but the design of this system has led to a number of unproductive and unintended consequences.

This fall, as the third cycle of DRS closed, the National Head Start Association (NHSA) released Analysis of the Designation Renewal System: Cohorts One to Three, summarizing the outcomes for programs and communities thus far and highlighting opportunities to address those unintended consequences and make the DRS more effective. As the report concluded:

● The DRS still falls short of fully meeting the Congressional intent of targeting competition at poor quality grantees.
● Basic reforms are needed to make the DRS consistent, reasonable, and predictable.
● Conceptual reforms are needed to support programs in working toward high quality, not compliance.

Right now, the DRS requires programs to enter competition if they hit one or more of seven triggers. Overall, 74% of programs going into competition are currently getting their grants back at the end of a grueling 18-month process. Depending on what trigger caused them to compete, programs might be more or less likely than that to get their grant back. This confirms what the Head Start field knows to be true: the triggers for competition were designed in ways that catch low-quality programs but also catch other good programs.

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Sonoma County, CA – Head Start Demographics

Based on 2013 ACS data, the Sonoma County service area has experienced a 31% increase in the estimated number of income eligible children from 2010-2013 and has only 1 funded Head Start slot for every 2.6 estimated income eligible children, though this does not take into account enrollment opportunities available through California’s state funded pre kindergarten program. Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County has only been able to serve as much as 36% of the Head Start eligible population, with a funded enrollment of 520. An overview of Sonoma County demographics is in the tables and charts below.

Sonoma County, CA – 2013 Estimated Head Start Eligible Children heat map
Sonoma County, CA – 2013 Estimated Head Start Eligible Children heat map

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2013 5 Year ACS Overview
Area: Sonoma County, CA
Total Population: 487,427
Population under the age of 5: 5.64%
Poverty rate for families with children under the age of 5: 13.27% (Nation at 18.44%)
Estimated Head Start Eligible: 1,598

Head Start Funded Enrollment: 520

Estimated Early Head Start Eligible: 2,397


Selected Racial Characteristics

Sonoma County, CA – 2013 Racial Characteristics from the 5-Year ACS
Sonoma County, CA – 2013 Racial Characteristics from the 5-Year ACS
2013 5 Year ACS Not Hispanic or Latino and:
Sonoma County, CA Total Percent
White Alone: 320,797 90.89%
Black or African American alone: 6,877 1.95%
American Indian and Alaska Native Alone: 3,636 1.03%
Asian Alone: 19,101 5.41%
Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone: 1,540 .44%
Some other race alone: 986 0.28%

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Kern County – Bakersfield, CA Head Start Demographics

Based on 2013 ACS data, Kern County appears to be underfunded with about 2.6 estimated Head Start eligible children for every one Head Start slot, though this doesn’t take into account enrollment opportunities available through the California State Preschool Program. Below is an overview of the county’s demographics. A complete 2010-2012 report can be found here.

Kern County/Bakersfield, CA - 2013 Estimated Head Start Eligible Children heat map
Kern County/Bakersfield, CA – 2013 Estimated Head Start Eligible Children heat map

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2013 5 Year ACS Overview
Area: Kern County, CA
Total Population: 838,867
Population under the age of 5: 8.7%
Poverty rate for families with children under the age of 5: 25.05% (Nation at 18.44%)
Estimated Head Start Eligible: 7,577

Head Start Funded Enrollment: 2,348

Estimated Early Head Start Eligible: 10,969

Early Head Start Funded Enrollment: 244


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Kern County, CA – 2013 Racial Characteristics from the 5-Year ACS
Kern County, CA – 2013 Racial Characteristics from the 5-Year ACS
2013 5 Year ACS Not Hispanic or Latino and:
Kern County, CA Total Percent
White Alone: 323,341 79.07%
Black or African American alone: 44,616 10.91%
American Indian and Alaska Native Alone: 5,307 1.3%
Asian Alone: 33,509 8.19%
Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone: 917 .22%
Some other race alone: 1,231 0.3%

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Sacramento, CA: Head Start Demographics

Sacramento, CA 2013 Estimated Head Start Eligible Children heat map
Sacramento, CA 2013 Estimated Head Start Eligible Children heat map

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2013 5 Year ACS Overview
Area: Sacramento, CA
Total Population: 763,292
Population under the age of 5: 7.43%
Poverty rate for families with children under the age of 5: 26.47% (Nation at 18.44%)
Estimated Head Start Eligible: 6,154

Estimated Early Head Start Eligible: 4,103


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Sacramento, CA - 2013 Racial Characteristics from the 5-Year ACS
Sacramento, CA – 2013 Racial Characteristics from the 5-Year ACS
2013 5 Year ACS Not Hispanic or Latino and:
Sacramento, CA Total Percent
White Alone: 294,780 55.9%
Black or African American alone: 94,287 17.88%
American Indian and Alaska Native Alone: 3,928 0.74%
Asian Alone: 123,743 23.46%
Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone: 8,634 1.64%
Some other race alone: 1,995 0.38%

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