Notice of Proposed Rule Making on Head Start Program Performance Standards

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed the first holistic revision and complete reorganization of the Head Start Program Performance Standards since they were originally published in 1975.

The Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) was published in the Federal Register on June 19, 2015. It includes the proposed Program Performance Standards, as well as a preamble with helpful information for context.

The Office of Head Start (OHS) accepted comments on the NPRM from the public for 90 days following publication. OHS received about 1,000 comments, which will inform the development of a final rule. All comments received are a part of the public record and are posted for public viewing on www.regulations.gov without change.

Please note the current Performance Standards will remain in effect until a final rule is issued.

NPRM Overview Webinar

This webinar provides a broad overview of the Head Start Program Performance Standards proposed in the NPRM.

Explore the webinar slides in PowerPoint [PPTX, 2.5MB] and PDF [PDF, 803KB] formats.

Related NPRM Resources

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Head Start Program Performance Standards NPRM

The NPRM is published in the Federal Register. This page contains the full regulation in searchable HTML as well as PDF [PDF, 906KB] formats. It also has an interactive table of contents, and an extensive preamble that contains detailed explanations of the changes and the rationale behind them. A crosswalk of the current standards to the proposed standards is also available.

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Program Instruction (PI) on Head Start Program Performance Standards NPRM

This PI notifies grantees of the NPRM on the Head Start Program Performance Standards and the comment process.

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NPRM Overview and Fact Sheet

The overview [PDF, KB] and fact sheet [PDF, KB] provide a top line snapshot of the most significant proposed changes in the NPRM. They may be useful in briefing stakeholders such as parents or board members.

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Blog by Blanca Enriquez

In this blog post, the director of OHS explains the impact of this proposal for grantees.

Linda Smith

Blog by Linda Smith

The deputy assistant secretary for early childhood and interdepartmental liaison explains the impact of this proposal for parents and citizens in this blog post.

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Press Release: Aug. 11, 2015

HHS extends the comment period for the NPRM until Sept. 17, 2015.

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Press Release: June 16, 2015

HHS unveiled the NPRM in a press conference in Chicago on June 16, 2015.

Last Reviewed: November 2015

Last Updated: November 10, 2015