Head Start grantees that provide services to children and families must meet the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) and the requirements set forth in the Head Start Act of 2007. The Office of Head Start (OHS) also offers direction through Program Instructions (PIs) and Information Memorandums (IMs). More guidance is available to grantees through their federal program specialist.
The HSPPS reflect best practices and the latest research on early childhood development and brain science. The HSPPS gives grantees flexibility in achieving positive child and family outcomes and encourage the use of data to track progress and reach goals in all program areas.
Culture & Language, Data & On-going monitoring, Professional Development, School Readiness, Teaching Practices, Transitions, Curriculum, Learning Environments, and Dual Language Learners are topics covered within the area of education.
COVID-19, Child Development: There have been additional provisions made regarding service delivery that include program duration, on-going assessment and child data as programs across the nation continue to work during this pandemic.