COVID-19 and the Head Start Community


The Office of Head Start (OHS) recently announced, through an information memorandum, plans to conduct virtual monitoring reviews. 

The monitoring strategy for the 2020–2021 program year is:

  • Focus Area One (FA1) reviews will continue to be conducted using a virtual format beginning in November 2020
  • Focus Area Two (FA2) reviews will be conducted virtually for FY2021, beginning in January 2021
  • Classroom Assessment Scoring System® (CLASS®) reviews will be suspended for FY2021
  • Follow-up reviews will be conducted virtually by the regional offices
  • American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) reevaluation reviews will be conducted virtually by the applicable regional office

Download protocols and addendum from the FY2021 Head Start Monitoring Protocols page.

For more information, read the information memorandum: Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Monitoring Process for Head Start and Early Head Start Grantees

Subpart A – Monitoring, Suspension, Termination, Denial of Refunding, Reduction in Funding, and Their Appeals, 45 CFR §1304: FAQ from OHS CAMP Session 6

Q1: If a grantee had an area of noncompliance or a deficiency and the region will be scheduling a follow-up review, are there flexibilities related to the specified timeframe for correcting the finding? Monitoring, 45 CFR §1304.2 
A1: In most circumstances, programs are still required to maintain the correction timelines for deficiencies or areas of noncompliance as specified in the Head Start Act. However, flexibility may be necessary depending on the case or the nature of the finding. Programs should reach out to their program specialist if this is a concern.