Alexander, Enzi Comment On GAO Head Start Report

Posted on March 18, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Mike Enzi (R-WY), chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chairman of the Education and Early Childhood Development Subcommittee, today commented on the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on Head Start. Enzi and Alexander joined colleagues in the House in requesting the report. “The GAO report has identified several areas that Congress needs to address as we move forward with a reauthorization of Head Start,” said Enzi. “As we go forward on this important work in the Committee, I want make sure that children served by Head Start get the most benefit possible out of Head Start. Ensuring this program’s efficiency is an investment we can make to prepare our children for learning.” “Congress is responsible for making sure the Head Start program is serving the children who need it the most,” Alexander said. “For this reason, my colleagues and I requested GAO to examine the financial management practices of Head Start grantees. I will carefully review the report, and I look forward to hearing from GAO about its findings during a hearing in the near future.” A hearing is expected to be held in April.