Ongoing Monitoring and Continuous Improvement

These systems highlight the importance of using ongoing monitoring to ensure programs are making the necessary adjustments to realize their goals and objectives. The expectation is that programs share their ongoing monitoring data with staff, Policy Councils, and governing bodies to engage them in all aspects of the program planning process. 

Home-Based Option

Many children and parents receive Early Head Start and Head Start services right in their own home! Home visitors come once a week and work with parents and their children.

Home Visiting Series

This webinar series focuses on home visiting practices. Learn how to select and implement appropriate home-based curricula to establish and maintain relationships with families.

Report of the Advisory Committee to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 requires the Secretary to develop a system of designation renewal that integrates the recommendations of an expert panel. The document below,“A System of Designation Renewal of Head Start Grantees: Report of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Re-designation of Head Start Grantees,” presents findings and recommendations of that expert panel.

Strategies for Managing Improper Payments: Learning from Public and Private Sector Organizations

This General Accounting Office (GAO) executive guide describes the scope of erroneous payments in the federal government and identifies effective practices that federal agencies can implement to reduce improper payments. Head Start program staff and federal staff can review case illustrations based on the experiences of outside organizations to compare to their own practices. GAO identifies five components of effective internal control: control environment, risk assessment, control activities, information and communication, and monitoring. The executive guide suggests several key elements for successful monitoring of improper payments, including the need to tailor an agency's actions to its specific needs.

Operational Priorities

The Office of Head Start operational priorities describe the work of the Office of Head Start toward implementing the vision through 2017. 

Office of Head Start Tribal Consultation (Oct. 19, 2017): Anchorage, AK

The Office of Head Start Tribal Consultation will be held on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, from approximately 1–5 p.m. AKDT in Room 5 located on the second floor. Registration will open at 10:30 a.m. An agenda will be emailed to you before the consultation. There is no registration fee to attend this consultation, but participants must pay for their own travel, hotel, and meals. Coffee service may not be provided during the consultation. If you cannot attend but would like to participate via conference call, please indicate your interest on the registration form. If you cannot attend in person, please register and use the conference call information below to participate in the meeting.