The Facilities domain assists program directors and facilities managers with planning and designing Head Start and Early Head Start centers. Find information about:
Design & Planning
Designing a high quality facility to accommodate the needs of children, parents, and staff requires comprehensive design planning. This section provides resources and tips on the design phase and the role of an architect.
This section contains resrouces that detail the technical safety guidelines for designing, constructing, operating, and maintaining playgrounds.
Find resources in this section on the planning process of designing a facility.
Find information on design criteria for constructing Head Start approved facilities.
Find information on how to prepare documents for bidding, advertise bids, and solicit contractors to bid on a construction project.
There is specific legislation that must be followed when advertising and or submitting bid proposals for new construction and renovation. This section provides an overview of meeting compliance issues related to the Davis-Bacon Act.
When planning, developing, and designing a construction or renovation project, Head Start and Early Head Start programs will hire a variety of professionals, such as architects, engineers, and general contractors. This section is designed to help Head Start and Early Head Start programs decide the best method for identifying construction professionals.
Once a facility is built and the grantee has labored over the budget; watched expenditures; attended construction meetings; investigated change orders and celebrated completion, the project most be closed out. The Certificate of Occupancy and license will be issued, bills will be paid in full, and paper work will be completed.
Finance & Accounting
It is critical to set up accounts and sub-accounts for each specific activity related to the construction or renovation project. Find information in this section that explains the systems needed to track cash flow to determine the costs being spent on a construction project.
Cost evaluation occurs primarily during the planning process for renovating, purchasing a facility, or planning a new construction project. Resources in this section can provide tips on what is required when evaluating costs.
Head Start and Early Head Start programs are responsible for putting together a financial package using a variety of funding sources to ensure renovation or pay for the new construction of facilities. This section provides a resource for identifying methods of financing.
Last Reviewed: February 2010
Last Updated: April 17, 2014