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.
Planning systems occur in a continuous cycle, and involve key members of the Head Start community. The outcome of this cycle is the creation of achievable goals and short-term program and fiscal objectives.
A Workbook for Head Start and Early Head Start Programs Serving Hispanic and Other Emerging Populations
Head Start’s commitment to providing children with a safe, nurturing, enjoyable and secure learning environment includes an all-inclusive program of services to ensure that children are healthy and ready to learn. The varied services and experiences provided by local programs support the continuum of children’s growth and development. This video takes a look at the importance of understanding the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of hispanic children and the role that parents play. Program staff can use the examples provided in this video as they plan program services.
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.
Key Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Strategies
Aligning Adult Learning Principles with T/TA Strategies