Government weighs in on Niagara County Head Start delay

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Parents want to know when Niagara County Head Start programs will begin this fall. The Community Action Organization of Erie County took over the program after the federal government shut it down in June.

CAO says it can’t start programs until the NYS Office of Children and Family Services approves employee background checks and building licenses.

We reached out to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees Head Start programs, to see where the paperwork stands.

The Department told us it’s working with CAO and the state to expedite the process and that CAO has submitted all necessary requests for health inspections and background checks. Those are being approved by the state.

The statement goes on to say CAO has not yet received all the required documents it needs from local agencies to apply for state daycare licenses for all of its locations.

CAO wants parents to know Niagara County Head Start should hopefully be up and running by the middle of next week.

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