The Edward C. Mazique Parent Child Center became one of the first Head Start centers in the Washington region to lose its funding this summer because of a new competitive process aimed at improving the quality of the federal preschool programs.
So far, about 360 of the nation’s 1,700 Head Start grantees have been required to compete for new funds, according to government data. Grantees are required to compete if they are flagged for quality concerns, often due to issues with compliance or instructional quality. About 70 percent of those who compete have been awarded new grants.
Here’s a look at how the number of centers flagged for competition varies across the country, according to an analysis by the National Head Start Association. The District, the only city included on the map, has one of the highest rates. Four out of five grantees in the District have been required to re-compete.