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File #: 19-6901   
Type: Staff Briefing - Without Ordinance
In control: Community Health and Equity Committee
On agenda: 9/20/2019
Posting Language: Briefing and possible action on Head Start Program Items and Fiscal Activities for August 2019. [Colleen M. Bridger, MPH, PhD, Assistant City Manager; Melody Woosley, Director, Human Services]
Attachments: 1. CHEC Memo- September, 2. Attachment A- Lead Dental and Green and Healthy Homes, 3. Attachment B- Head Start Data Monthly Program Updates and Fiscal Items
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DEPARTMENT: Human Services



SUBJECT: Head Start Briefing Items


This item presents the following from the Department of Human Services (DHS) Head Start and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership programs for briefing without action required:

1. Briefing on the DHS, Head Start Lead, Dental and Green and Healthy Homes Data
2. Briefing on the DHS, Head Start Program Monitoring Calendars
3. Briefing on the August 2019 DHS, Head Start Program Update and Fiscal Report


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requires recipients of Head Start grants to provide regular briefings on program and fiscal activities and ongoing training throughout the program year to their governing body, City Council, and to the Head Start Policy Council. While City Council must maintain its legal and fiscal responsibilities, it has authorized the Community Health and Equity Committee to oversee other key responsibilities.

The Head Start and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership (EHS-CCP) grant programs are federally-funded programs administered by HHS. The programs provide early childhood education, family support and comprehensive support services to eligible children between the ages of six weeks and five years, and their families.

The DHS, Head Start Grant serves children at or below the federal poverty line and prioritizes the most vulnerable children, including those with disabilities, experiencing homelessness and children in the foster care system. The program mission is to prepare children and engage families for school readiness and lifelong success. The City of San Antonio program serves a total of 3,020 children: 777 children in the Edgewood Independent School District (EISD) and 2,243 children in the San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD). As the program grantee, DHS, Head Start provides direct program management, oversight, training and te...

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