From WCHB – Following complaints that the Detroit Human Services Department fostered an environment of nepotism, reckless spending and corruption to the detriment of the early childhood education program Head Start, the federal government plans to stop sending $50 million a year to the city to fund the program, the Free Press learned Thursday.
Mayor Dave Bing’s office supports the idea and agreed to drop the city’s handling of the program.
“Mayor Bing’s administration has decided that it is in the best interest of the residents if DHS does not apply for Head Start funds,” Loretta Davis, group executive of the city’s health and human services, said Thursday. “This decision is based on the administration’s belief that some programs operate more efficiently outside of city government.”
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will seek applicants from other governments and nonprofits to take over administering the Head Start money, which is used to help children of lower-income families prepare for school.