(Editor’s note: There has been a Head Start program operating in Gilman in the 200 block of North Central Street which is now closed. In a separate release dated the same day as this one, it was announced that a new CEO had been appointed by the East Central Illinois Community Action Agency.)

The East Central Illinois Community Action Agency was notified by the Office of Head Start on Monday, Aug. 31 that effective the close of business that day, ECICAA funding for the Head Start program would end.

While the Agency had multiple conversations with the Office of Head Start about their formal intentions, no formal notification was provided to the Danville office until the morning of Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. ECICAA had been verbally notified that deficiencies in their fiscal operations had not been 100% corrected since being notified on Jan. 22, 2020 for financial improprieties occurring in the spring and summer of 2019.

A virtual follow-up review was completed by the office of Head Start the week of May 11, 2020 and notification of that review was received the morning of Aug. 31, 2020, the same date Head Start funding was suspended.