Navajo Nation Head Start faces another suspension

The Navajo Nation's Head Start program faces another suspension if it can't correct 85 problems by April 15.

"The likelihood of us being suspended is high," Dr. Francis Becenti, the program's interim director, told The Navajo Times.

The federal Administration for Children and Families shut down the program in May 2006 after a review found employees with criminal backgrounds. Some had committed serious offenses like domestic abuse, assault or child abuse.

The tribe worked to address the problems and was restored funding in October 2006. But the program is still scrambling to fix 85 deficiencies cited by ACF. Several thousand Navajo children and about 500 employees would be affected.

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