Foundations for Excellence, 2nd Edition offers guidance for five-year planning and continuous improvement. Learn what Head Start expects from programs’ strategic planning. Discover ways to ensure that programming is responsive to community needs throughout the five-year grant period.
The community assessment is a way to jumpstart the program planning process. Learn how the assessment helps Head Start programs provide key services to the children and families that need them.
Checklist for Conducting Needs Assessment Surveys: Developing a Plan for Identifying Local Needs and Resources
This checklist is helpful in determining when and how to conduct a needs assessment. Program directors and services area managers can use it when identifying local needs and resources.
Community and self-assessment systems highlight the two starting points for the program planning process. Community assessment is the initial focus on external factors for new and existing programs, ensuring they are providing the right services to the right population. Self-assessment, with its focus on internal factors like ongoing monitoring data, supports the continuous quality improvement process which occurs annually.
A Workbook for Head Start and Early Head Start Programs Serving Hispanic and Other Emerging Populations
Find strategies to ensure vulnerable and underserved populations are included in your community assessments.
Five Steps to Community Assessment: A Workbook for Head Start and Early Head Start Programs Serving Hispanic and Other Emerging Populations
PDF for Five Steps to Community Assessment: A Workbook for Head Start and Early Head Start Programs Serving Hispanic and Other Emerging Populations.
Understanding the quality and availability of transportation services to Head Start families is an integral part of the community assessment. Program directors and transportation coordinators can use this tip sheet as a starting point in conducting a community assessment of transportation. Local needs and conditions should be considered when a program establishes its own transportation services.
The community assessment describes the context in which Head Start and Early Head Start programs operate and is useful for ensuring that the correct services are provided to the appropriate population. This resource can assist program staff in coordinating their efforts to gather information required for a community assessment. The assessment paints a picture of the community and describes the diverse needs of families who may receive services. In addition, the community assessment covers the community's history, its economic and political scene, and its strengths and challenges.
Children and families come to Head Start rooted in a culture that gives them meaning and direction. Head Start offers parents opportunities and support for growth. This support allows them to identify and meet their own goals while nurturing the development of their children in the context of their family and culture. This video takes a look at how Head Start and Early Head Start programs can adjust their services to meet the needs of Hispanic families by building trust and developing relationships.