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In addition, we spoke with individuals who alleged that both the Texas and
Midwest grantees continued to report that children were enrolled even
after the grantee had received information that the children would no
longer be participating in Head Start services. We compared enrollment
information from OHS that the grantees reported as part of the Program
Information Report (PIR) required annually with information obtained
from daily attendance records we obtained directly from grantees.' Based
on our review of this information, we determined that for both grantees,
average attendance at Head Start grantee centers was considerably lower
than the reported enrollment at the centers.
For the 5 months we analyzed, the Texas grantee was funded to provide
services to 1,324 Head Start students. During this time, the Texas grantee
reported to OHS that it enrolled a low of 1,201 students in August 2009 to a
high of 1,312 students in December of 2009-from 91 to 99 percent of the
funded enrollment, respectively. We found that attendance in 2009 was
consistently less than reported enrollment. Average attendance per month
ranged from 79 percent to 85 percent of reported enrollment for that
month. For example, in November, the grantee was funded to enroll 1,324
students; it reported that it enrolled 1,308 students, while an average of
1,107 students attended class. We also found that attendance on a single
day ranged from 64 percent to 91 percent of reported enrollment for that
month. (See table 2.)
6pIRs include "actual enrollment," defined as children who are not only enrolled but for
whom at least one-time services have been provided.
GAO-10-1049 Head Start
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United States. Government Accountability Office. Head Start: Undercover Testing Finds Fraud and Abuse at Selected Head Start Centers, report, September 28, 2010; Washington D.C.. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc296264/m1/13/: accessed May 20, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.