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119A.52 Distribution of appropriation and program coordination.

The commissioner of education must distribute money appropriated for that purpose to Head Start program grantees to expand services and to serve additional low-income children. Money must be allocated to each project Head Start grantee in existence on the effective date of Laws 1989, chapter 282. Migrant and Indian reservation grantees must be initially allocated money based on the grantees' share of federal funds. The remaining money must be initially allocated to the remaining local agencies based equally on the agencies' share of federal funds and on the proportion of eligible children in the agencies' service area who are not currently being served. A Head Start grantee must be funded at a per child rate equal to its contracted, federally funded base level for program accounts 20, 22, and 25 at the start of the fiscal year. In allocating funds under this paragraph, the commissioner of education must assure that each Head Start grantee is allocated no less funding in any fiscal year than was allocated to that grantee in fiscal year 1993. The commissioner may provide additional funding to grantees for start-up costs incurred by grantees due to the increased number of children to be served. Before paying money to the grantees, the commissioner must notify each grantee of its initial allocation, how the money must be used, and the number of low-income children that must be served with the allocation. Each grantee must present a work plan to the commissioner for approval. The work plan must include the estimated number of low-income children and families it will be able to serve, a description of the program design and service delivery area which meets the needs of and encourages access by low-income working families, a program design that ensures fair and equitable access to Head Start services for all populations and parts of the service area, and a plan for coordinating services to maximize assistance for child care costs available to families under chapter 119B. For any grantee that cannot utilize its full allocation, the commissioner must reduce the allocation proportionately. Money available after the initial allocations are reduced must be redistributed to eligible grantees.

HIST: 1989 c 282 art 2 s 173; 1991 c 292 art 3 s 34; 1993 c 369 s 89; 1994 c 483 s 1; 1Sp1995 c 3 art 16 s 13; 1997 c 162 art 1 s 11; 1Sp2003 c 9 art 7 s 1

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