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Chief Patron: Hanger
At-Risk Preschool - Update Head Start Data (language only)

Item 136 #16s

Item 136 #16s

Education: Elementary and Secondary
Direct Aid To Public Education

Page 129, after line 32, insert:
"b) Beginning with the FY 2016 budget year, Head Start count information shall be based on the most recent data available each fall, and shall be updated annually."

(This amendment directs the Department of Education to update Head Start count data used in the formula for the Virginia Preschool Initiative for At-Risk Four-Year-Olds. To determine the number of slots funded per locality, the number of four-year-olds served in Head Start is subtracted from the estimated number of at-risk four-year-olds by locality. Currently, the initial Head Start count data is not updated during the biennium. For example, for the 2014-16 biennium, the Head Start count would be based on the 2012-13 school year. Given the federal reductions to Head Start during the 2013-14 school year, updating the data for FY 2016 would likely provide some slots back to school divisions that lost funding due to sequestration a year sooner. Preliminary information from the Department of Social Services indicates the Head Start count may have been reduced by about 1,000 children in the 2013-14 school year.)