Recompetition

In 2007, a new reform to the program required that low-performing Head Start organizations compete for renewal of their grants against other organizations in their geographic area that want to operate Head Start centers. The Office of Head Start launched this process, known as “recompetition,” in 2011 when it published its first list of grantees nationwide failing to meet certain standards of financial stewardship or program quality. For more on recompetition, read Reforming Head Start: What Recompetition Means for the Federal Government's Pre-K Program.