Quiz Yourself! Head Start Program Performance Standards

anne lineham reading with child

By Ann Linehan

This month marks the one-year anniversary of the revised Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS). It has been a busy year for everyone, updating policies and practices to implement the HSPPS. We appreciate the thoughtfulness and diligence of grantees in every region. You have invested your time to learn the Standards, worked with staff to identify and make necessary changes, and reached out to regional federal staff and training and technical assistance (T/TA) providers for support when needed.

The less prescriptive, streamlined, and more data-informed approaches embodied in the HSPPS have been very well-received. However, we know that change can be hard. Your feedback over the past year has been tremendously helpful. It has informed our continuing efforts to address your questions, misconceptions, and front-line challenges you face as you continue to move forward in implementation.

The Office of Head Start will continue to offer a variety of supports to the field throughout this second year of implementation including new and updated materials from the National T/TA Centers, on-site technical assistance provided through the regional T/TA system, and ongoing training of regional office staff. We also plan to post blogs like this one, in which we offer scenarios to test and clarify your knowledge of the HSPPS. We are committed to ensuring you have the tools needed to be successful in designing and sustaining high-quality programs that serve our nation’s most vulnerable children. Our children and families deserve the very best everyday.

Thank you for all your hard work—past, present, and future. I look forward to another year of advancing our learning together.

I hope you enjoy quizzing yourself, and your staff, with the scenarios in our quiz.

Ann Linehan is the Acting Director of the Office of Head Start.