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Jul 19, 2013 8:25 AM by AP/CS

SPLC, Head Start group resolve eligibility issue

GRETNA, La. (AP) - A civil rights organization says the agency that runs Head Start programs in Jefferson Parish has agreed that proof of citizenship is not a condition of enrollment in the program for preschoolers.

The Southern Poverty Law Center said Thursday it had reached an agreement to resolve a complaint filed earlier this year on behalf of Latino families. The SPLC says federal law requires that eligibility for Head Start is determined only by the child's age, residency and the family's income.

In a letter attached to the SPLC news release, the Jefferson Parish Attorney's Office agreed. The letter said the parish will revise any publicity about the program to make clear that proof of citizenship is not needed for enrollment.

A parish spokesman did not immediately return a call for comment.

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