WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Community Action, the nonprofit who operates a Head Start program here, received a letter of termination last month for several violations.
The US Department of Health and Human services listed infractions from cleanliness to lack of financial reporting.
Executive Director Cynthia Brown held a news conference to announce some good news, the organization is now being funded because they appealed the funding cut
“So we are not effectively terminated like doors are closed to children and we’re not recruiting for next year, not at all. We are funded as long as we continue with our appeal, there will not be any decision on further funding until the final appeal decision is issued.”
Brown discussed the list of federal violations including, leaking urinals, a flooded bathroom and broken and dirty furniture. She says that is a matter of inspectors not returning for a follow up visit.
“The notice of termination and the opinions of the federal government that we failed to correct deficiencies are in part, tied to if you will, delays in receiving feedback.”
While we were not allowed into the classroom part of the building, Ms. Brown assured us the violations are corrected.
She further places blame for financial violations on staff.
“And those individuals who wrestled with that were on paper very qualified accountants, but the government chose not to accept the work they were producing.”
Community Action receives about 2 million dollars a year from the federal government. The organization enrolls about 260 three and four year olds from low income families.