Aug 29, 2013 8:49 AM by AP
The Head Start early-childhood education program in Rapides Parish is under new - and temporary - management.
Cenla Community Action Committee Inc. lost its federal grant July 31 and has been replaced by Community Development Institute, a national interim Head Start provider based in Colorado.
CCAC had been cited by the federal Office of the Inspector General in Aug. 17, 2012, for "failing to always meet federal requirements" in its financial management practices.
Federal officials declined to comment beyond the statement issued by Kenneth Wolfe, deputy director of the Office of Public Affairs for the Administration of Children and Families.
Officials say the transition from CCAC to CDI will not affect the approximately 700 Head Start students served in the district nor their parents.