Child abuse allegations at Head Start not reported

Two instances of alleged child abuse at a local SMILE Head Start/Early Head Start center were not reported to local, state and federal authorities as required by law, according to findings of a January review by the U.S. Administration for Children and Families.

The alleged abuse, which occurred between December 2015 and January 2016 at a New Iberia Head Start center, came to light between two and three months later, after it was reported by an anonymous source to the Louisiana Department of Education Division of Licensing,

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