This page provides policy and regulations, as well as helpful information about transportation in Early Head Start and Head Start programs.
Bridging the Business Office Divide: Using Basic Accounting to Communicate What Drives Transportation Costs
Programs must explain the impact of rising transportation costs to key stakeholders in order to maintain budgets for new buses and other transportation expenditures. This resource may be used by program directors and transportation coordinators to help them manage, communicate, and control transportation costs.
This checklist can be used by local programs that provide transportation services as a tool for ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations..
Given the number of emergency scenarios that a Head Start program might encounter, it is critical for programs to put procedures in place for dealing with these special circumstances. Program directors and transportation managers may use this resource when establishing policies and procedures for ensuring adequate preparation of emergency evacuations and other transportation safety practices.
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.
Review the questions and answers (Q&A) below to find information related to transportation services in Head Start and Early Head Start.
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.
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.
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.
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.