State threatens to blackball Mahoning-Youngstown Community Action Partnership over bookkeeping errors
The Ohio Department of Education is proposing to disqualify the Mahoning-Youngstown Community Action Partnership (MYCAP) and many of its past and present leaders from future participation in the federally funded Child and Adult Care Food Program because of past bookkeeping glitches.
The proposal, if approved, would essentially blackball the agency and its leaders by placing them on a National Disqualified List for up to seven years, said Robin Renee Walton, MYCAP executive director.
Walton said MYCAP will appeal ODE’s proposed actions by the Thursday deadline.
Disqualifying MYCAP would severely shrink MYCAP, the federally designated poverty-prevention agency for Mahoning County, and potentially dismantle the rest of the services it provides.
The reason, Walton said, is that the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is the lynchpin to the Head Start Preschool program, the single largest program administered by MYCAP, said Walton.
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