Head Start programs are not required to provide transportation services. However, when they do provide those services, they must comply with key regulations. Explore these resources to support programs in the safe and efficient movement of children from one point to another.

Transportation Services Checklist

This checklist can be used by local programs that provide transportation services as a tool for ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations..

Transportation in Indian Country: Getting Started

Efforts to improve services and achieve cost savings through coordination of transportation activities among federal agencies vary. Local programs that serve tribal communities can use this resource when coordinating their tribal transportation activities.

Why Outsource Your School Transportation Needs?

Outsourcing is a successful strategy for solving a variety of transportation problems. This article offers ideas that program managers and transportation coordinators can use to evaluate their cost of transportation. For example, the article suggests that partnering with a private school bus company whose expertise is pupil transportation allows the program staff to concentrate on their primary function of educating children.

Human Service Transportation and Vehicle Resource Sharing

The Federal Interagency Transportation Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (CCAM) was established in an effort to promote interagency cooperation in order to minimize duplication and overlap of federal programs and services and to maximize access to more transportation services. The Office of Family Assistance issued an Information Memorandum (IM) that addressed coordinating transportation services for persons who are transportation-disadvantaged.  State agencies and local Head Start programs can refer to the policy statements in this IM for coordinating, planning, and using federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds to provide transportation services to eligible children.

School Bus Classifications

When considering new vehicle purchases, program directors should understand the four basic types of buses available. Manufacturers can configure each of the four types as either a traditional school bus or as an allowable alternate vehicle (AAV). This tip sheet provides a brief description of each type.

School Bus Transportation of Children with Special Health Care Needs

Local child care programs and school systems that provide transportation services are responsible for ensuring that children with special needs are safely transported on all forms of federally approved transportation. Program directors and transportation personnel can refer to this article for recommendations to consider when developing plans to provide the most current and proper support to children with special transportation requirements.