In Maryland, the Prince George's County Head Start Program grant, worth $6.3 million, has been terminated after the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) found "deficiencies" that were not corrected in a timely manner.
In the review, HHS reports that teachers "humiliated children in the classroom, used corporal punishment as a method of discipline, and left a child unattended." On Dec. 17, 2015, a 3-year-old boy at H. Winship Wheatley Early Childhood Center was forced to mop up his own urine after having wet his clothes during nap time.
On June 10, 2016, a 5-year-old left the Langley Park McCormick Elementary School Head Start Center and walked home alone.
Also in June of this year, the report states that a teacher and an assistant teacher at the James Ryder Elementary School Head Start Center forced two children to stand in "the Head Start classroom holding objects over their heads for an extended period of time as a physical punishment for their behavior during nap time."
Parents were quick to pile on the criticism on Twitter.
Its hard trying to put your toddler in head start in pg county. That's why I stuck with DC. Free all day school 🙌.— Nek Nek (@stillsmilin4me) August 18, 2016
The report creates a number of moral and ethical dilemmas for parents and teachers alike...