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Head Start Wants to|Avoid Eligibility Fraud

WASHINGTON (CN) - So children or pregnant women ineligible to participate in Head Start or Early Head Start programs are not enrolled in them, the Office of Head Start plans to put statutory eligibility requirements into its regulations.

It also plans to strengthen procedures to determine, verify, certify, and maintain records regarding eligibility.

Further, the agency proposes that a person seeking services must certify that the documents and information the person provides are accurate, and that staff members also certify accuracy to the best of that person's knowledge.

Finally, the Office of Head Start proposes to require agencies to establish policies and procedures describing the actions that will be taken against staff members who violate eligibility determination requirements and to provide training related to eligibility requirements and the legal consequences of committing fraud.

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