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[121 STAT. 1446]
[121 STAT. 1446]
PUBLIC LAW 110-000—MMMM. DD, 2007

121 STAT. 1446

PUBLIC LAW 110–134—DEC. 12, 2007

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designate not less than 1 from each of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, an Indian Head Start program, a migrant or seasonal Head Start program, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. ‘‘(3) PRIORITY.—In making bonus grant determinations under this section, the Secretary shall give priority to agencies that, through their applications, demonstrate that their programs are of exceptional quality and would serve as exemplary models for programs in the same geographic region. The Secretary may also consider the populations served by the applicants, such as agencies that serve large proportions of families of limited English proficient children or other underserved populations, and may make bonus grants to agencies that do an exceptional job meeting the needs of children in such populations. ‘‘(4) TERM OF DESIGNATION.— ‘‘(A) IN GENERAL.—Subject to subparagraph (B), the Secretary shall designate a Head Start agency as a center of excellence for a 5-year term. During the period of that designation, subject to the availability of appropriations, the agency shall be eligible to receive a bonus grant under subsection (b). ‘‘(B) REVOCATION.—The Secretary may revoke an agency’s designation under subsection (b) if the Secretary determines that the agency is not demonstrating adequate performance or has had findings of deficiencies described in paragraph (1)(B)(ii). ‘‘(5) AMOUNT OF BONUS GRANT.—The Secretary shall base the amount of funding provided through a bonus grant made under subsection (b) to a center of excellence on the number of children eligible for Head Start services in the community involved. The Secretary shall, subject to the availability of funding, make such a bonus grant in an amount of not less than $200,000 per year. ‘‘(d) USE OF FUNDS.—A center of excellence that receives a bonus grant under subsection (b)— ‘‘(1) shall use not less than 15 percent of the funds made available through the bonus grant to disseminate to other Head Start agencies in the State involved, best practices for achieving early academic success, including— ‘‘(A) best practices for achieving school readiness, including developing early literacy and mathematics skills, for children at risk for school difficulties; ‘‘(B) best practices for achieving the acquisition of the English language for limited English proficient children, if appropriate to the population served; and ‘‘(C) best practices for providing high-quality comprehensive services for eligible children and their families; ‘‘(2) may use the funds made available through the bonus grant— ‘‘(A) to provide Head Start services to additional eligible children; ‘‘(B) to better meet the needs of working families in the community served by the center by serving more children in existing Early Head Start programs (existing as of the date the center is designated under this section)

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