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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 1993 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County, the nation's second-largest administrator of Head Start funds, has dramatically stepped up supervision of the $68-million program for low-income preschoolers in response to a critical federal report obtained by The Times. The report comes after the disclosure last year of financial irregularities and other problems at two county-supervised agencies based in San Fernando and East Los Angeles.
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NEWS
September 20, 1992 | MARY ANNE PEREZ
Teachers have accused an Eastside Head Start schools program of unfair labor practices and are calling for the ouster of its director. The dispute began in June when teachers at Azteca Head Start--which serves about 500 children in 13 schools in Alhambra, Bell, Boyle Heights, City Terrace and Montebello--voted to remain in the American Federation of Teachers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 1995 | JEFF KASS
The district's Head Start program has taught a vast majority of its students skills ranging from math to problem solving, according to a report presented to the school board this week. The report, prepared by the Santa Ana Unified School District staff, which interviewed 112 parents, found that more than 90% of the children improved problem-solving skills. The least-effective Head Start programs involved beginning reading and beginning writing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 1991 | LESLIE EARNEST
The Laguna Beach Unified School District next month will begin a federally funded Head Start program for preschool children, school officials said this week. The district received word Monday from Head Start officials in Santa Ana that a Laguna Beach program would be funded, said Robert Klempen, district director of instructional services.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 1993 | CARLOS V. LOZANO
The Thousand Oaks Planning Commission today will consider a proposal to move a preschool for children from low-income families to an apartment complex, making it Ventura County's first Head Start program to be located in a housing project. The federally funded Head Start program, operated by the county to help 3- and 4-year-old children prepare for kindergarten, is now at Church of the Oaks on Warwick Avenue. But the building that houses the preschool is scheduled to be torn down.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2000 | GRACE E. JANG
Four-year-old Javier Ortega and his classmates got a break from their regular routine Monday at the Valerio branch of Head Start. Instead of arts and crafts and story time on the rug, more than 60 preschoolers took turns donning a giant set of headphones and throwing colorful blocks into a bucket. They were having fun, with a purpose.
NEWS
November 7, 1993 | MARY ANNE PEREZ
At Head Start schools where his audiences include 4-year-olds, David Aguilar uses puppets to illustrate the hazards of smoking and discourage youngsters from lighting their first cigarette. "It's something they will identify with," he said. "They will identify that tobacco smoke is harmful because the smoker (puppet) can't exercise with his friends and he's always coughing."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 1993 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles County officials Friday received a plan to retain a local agency as the administrator of Head Start programs in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys through the end of June, raising the chances that the agency will be able to continue in charge of the program next year. Parents and union officials approved the plan, which calls for 44 people, mostly administrators, to be laid off at the Latin American Civic Assn.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Priscilla Allen says her head-splitting performance in the new Arnold Schwarzenegger film "Total Recall" is brief but unforgettable. "I certainly have had a lot of exposure with my head coming apart all over the country," she said. "Evidently my scene is extremely memorable because total strangers are coming up to ask me about it." Allen's exploding head is featured in advertisements for the sci-fi thriller.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1991 | JOHN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles County Office of Education announced late Friday that it would appoint a manager to operate the Frederick Douglass Child Development Center in Los Angeles as a result of "ongoing management and organizational problems" at the Head Start agency. Those problems include a failure to define the responsibilities of the board of directors and the agency's executive staff, said Gilberto Anzaldua, assistant superintendent for educational services.
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