WPR News
9:05 am
Mon October 2, 2006

Head Start Programs Need Better Plan to Report Abuse

Cheyenne, WY – A Head Start program that serves ten
communities in northern and central Wyoming needs to do a better job reporting suspected child abuse and child sexual abuse.
That's the conclusion of a federal investigation of the Absaroka Head Start program.
The report gives the program's officers 30 days to come up with a plan to improve communication and reporting.
It all started with an investigation prompted by the firing of six employees. But the report says nothing about those firings. Nor does it find any financial mismanagement, which some employees had
alleged.
What it does say is that Absaroka Head Start needs to develop a six-month plan to fix the communication and reporting issues or risk losing its federal grant.
Bert Bresach of Worland is chairman of Absaroka Head Start. He says officials will discuss such a plan at a special meeting October ninth.
Absaroka Head Start has centers in Basin, Buffalo, Cody, Lander, Lovell, Powell, Riverton, Sheridan, Thermopolis and Worland.