Present minimum requirements which agencies must implement to operate a Head Start Program Define the objectives and characteristics of a quality Head Start Program Articulate a vision of service delivery for young children and families Provide a regulatory structure for the monitoring and enforcement of quality Head Start Performance Standards
Head Start Federal Regulations 1301 – Grants Administration 1302 – Selection, Funding, Re-funding 1303 – Appeals 1304 – Program Operations Subpart A – General Subpart B – Early Childhood Development and Health Services Subpart C – Family and Community Partnerships Subpart D – Program Design and Management Subpart E – Implementation and Enforcement
Head Start Federal Regulations 1305 – Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment and Attendance 1306 – Staffing and Program Options 1307 – Reserved 1308 – Children with Disabilities 1309 – Facilities 1310 – Transportation 1311 – Head Start Fellows
Information Memorandum (IM) Communicates a variety of matters including program tools, models, and techniques for program development October 27, 2010 - Qualifications for Early Head Start Infant and Toddler Center-based staff Program Instruction (PI) Provides procedures and methods for implementing program policies; adds details to program regulations or policy guide requirements, and conveys guidance information for actions Head Start Programs are expected or required to take October 26, 2010 - Application Procedures for Locally Designed or Specialized Delivery Models Other Federal Regulations
Oversight of quality services for Head Start children and families Making decisions related to program design and implementation Head Start Program Governance
Key Definitions of Appendix A A. General Responsibility.The group with legal and fiscal responsibility that guides and oversees the carrying out of the functions described through the individual or group given operating responsibility. B. Operating Responsibility. The individual or group that is directly responsible for carrying out or performing the functions consistent with the general audience and oversight from the group holding general responsibility.
Key Definitions of Appendix A C. Must Approve or Disapprove. The group that must be involved in the decision-making process prior to the point of seeking approval. If it does not approve, a proposal cannot be adopted, or the proposed action taking, until agreement is reached between the disagreeing groups. D. Determined locally. Functions as determined by the local governing body and in accordance with all Head Start regulations.
The Head Start Act On December 12, 2007, President Bush signed Public Law 110-134 "Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007" reauthorizing the Head Start program. This law contains significant revisions to the previous Head Start Act and authorizes Head Start through September 30, 2012.
Reflection Time What changes will Lorain have to make in their practices to fulfill the different requirements under reauthorization? What questions/concerns do you have about your role/responsibilities under reauthorization?