Collecting Data

Programs can collect data on a variety of topics to track quality and efficacy. Learn how program goals determine what tools to use to track child development and parent–child interaction, for example.

Using and Sharing Data

These tip sheets offer common uses of education data in Head Start and Early Head Start. Learn ways to use and share data to tell a program’s story.

Virtual Health Services Advisory Committee Meetings

All Head Start and Early Head Start programs are required to establish and maintain a Health Services Advisory Committee (HSAC). The HSAC is an advisory group usually composed of local health providers who represent a wide variety of local social services agencies. They may include pediatricians, nurses, nurse practitioners, dentists, nutritionists, and mental health providers. Head Start staff and parents also serve on the HSAC. Many HSACs struggle with recruitment and attendance. This Health Chat suggests ways to overcome barriers of time, distance, and cost using virtual meeting technology.

Measuring What Matters

Using data to track family and program progress is an essential part of strengthening parent, family, and community engagement (PFCE). Explore this three-part webinar series from the National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (NCPFCE) to learn how programs can use data to track progress toward expected family outcomes and to make program improvements.

Learning in Partnership: Using Data and Reflective Practice in Programs

See examples of how the Family, Infant, and Preschool Program (FIPP) in Morganton, NC relies on data to inform decision-making. Data is collected through observation, research, and bonds with families. Program leadership sets the tone with a pledge to ongoing improvement and staff development. Reflective practice in both staff and families provides the basis for shared goal setting and genuine partnerships.