Office of Head Start Priorities & T/TA
Head Start and Early Head Start grantees may review the tabs below to learn more about the goals and priorities of the Office of Head Start (OHS) and the Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) System.
- Ensure all programs have school readiness goals in the five essential domains for children birth to 5 in all program options.
- Make certain all programs use data, including assessment data, to track progress on program goals over time.
- Implement a Designation Renewal System (DRS) and a five year project period grant process that strengthens and supports comprehensive services, program management, governance, and fiscal operations.
- Support all programs in meeting health and safety regulations.
- Implement a quality, responsive T/TA system.
- Strengthen the birth to 5 early childhood workforce.
- Encourage implementation of the Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (PFCE) Framework and effective family engagement in programs and communities.
- Build partnerships between Head Start and Early Head Start, child care, early care and education systems, schools, and communities to improve quality and continuity for children and families across learning, health, and other community settings.
- Promote high quality teaching practices, including effective teacher-child interactions.
OHS T/TA System Goals
The T/TA System will:
- Promote the effective use of the OHS T/TA system by Head Start and Early Head Start grantees.
- Support the effective use of materials and services developed by the OHS T/TA system with state T/TA managers and early childhood education, infant/toddler, and grantee specialists.
- Enhance the capacity of OHS staff, state T/TA staff, and grantees to improve or further strengthen service delivery quality in local programs.
- Carry out an effective internal information and communication system.
- Foster the use of data for continuous program improvement.
- Encourage collaboration with other early childhood agencies to maximize T/TA support to programs serving young children, families, and communities.
OHS T/TA System Outcomes
- Receive intensive T/TA (to the extent practicable) to maintain and improve the quality of systems and services.
- Have access to high-quality, evidenced based culturally and linguistically appropriate resources from National Centers.
- Use data to make continuous program improvements.
- Purchase quality T/TA to support local program needs.
Head Start and Early Head Start programs:
- Set targets and track the progress of children.
- Scaffold family progress across parent, family, and community engagement (PFCE) outcomes.
- Strengthen the workforce.
- Support children and families to stay healthy, safe, and ready to learn.
- Use data to drive continuous improvement.
- Use evidenced-based practices.
- Partner for continuity for children and families.
- Maintain high-quality programming, including effective teacher-child interactions.
- Prepare children and families for success in kindergarten and beyond.
OHS Comprehensive Foundations for Child and Family Success
- Begin during pregnancy and continue through the first years of life.
- Ensure children are healthy and safe.
- Provide opportunities for children to have secure, nurturing relationships with parents, family members, and other caring adults.
- Create environments where family and community cultures and home languages are respected and supported through responsive practices.
- Understand that families are equal partners in supporting children’s learning, development, and transitions.
- Implement quality care, teaching, and learning that is individualized to achieve school readiness for all children birth to 5.
- Build community engagement and collaborations to support improved outcomes for children and families.
- Enable programs to provide strong leadership and governance and implement effective fiscal and management systems supporting high quality services.
Last Reviewed: March 2014
Last Updated: March 27, 2014