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[121 STAT. 1390]
[121 STAT. 1390]
PUBLIC LAW 110-000—MMMM. DD, 2007

121 STAT. 1390

PUBLIC LAW 110–134—DEC. 12, 2007

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with disabilities, homeless children, children in foster care, and limited English proficient children) and their families; ‘‘(ii) include, to the maximum extent practicable, current or former employees of the Department of Health and Human Services who are knowledgeable about Head Start programs; and ‘‘(iii) shall receive periodic training to ensure quality and consistency across reviews; ‘‘(B) include as part of the reviews, a review and assessment of program strengths and areas in need of improvement; ‘‘(C) include as part of the reviews, a review and assessment of whether programs have adequately addressed population and community needs (including those of limited English proficient children and children of migrant or seasonal farmworker families); ‘‘(D) include as part of the reviews, an assessment of the extent to which the programs address the communitywide strategic planning and needs assessment described in section 640(g)(1)(C); ‘‘(E) include information on the innovative and effective efforts of the Head Start agencies to collaborate with the entities providing early childhood and development services or programs in the community and any barriers to such collaboration that the agencies encounter; ‘‘(F) include as part of the reviews, a valid and reliable research-based observational instrument, implemented by qualified individuals with demonstrated reliability, that assesses classroom quality, including assessing multiple dimensions of teacher-child interactions that are linked to positive child development and later achievement; ‘‘(G) are conducted in a manner that evaluates program performance, quality, and overall operations with consistency and objectivity, are based on a transparent and reliable system of review, and are conducted in a manner that includes periodic interrater reliability checks, to ensure quality and consistency, across and within regions, of the reviews and of noncompliance and deficiency determinations; ‘‘(H) in the case of reviews of Early Head Start agencies and programs, are conducted by a review team that includes individuals who are knowledgeable about the development of infants and toddlers; ‘‘(I) include as part of the reviews a protocol for fiscal management that shall be used to assess compliance with program requirements for— ‘‘(i) using Federal funds appropriately; ‘‘(ii) using Federal funds specifically to purchase property (consistent with section 644(f)) and to compensate personnel; ‘‘(iii) securing and using qualified financial officer support; and ‘‘(iv) reporting financial information and implementing appropriate internal controls to safeguard Federal funds;

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