Grantees Required to Compete for Continued Funding

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) notified an additional 90 Head Start grantees that they have been designated to compete for continued Head Start funding. These grantees have been designated to compete as they met a specified condition during the course of their grant period. With this fourth cohort of notifications, all grantees have been evaluated under the Designation Renewal System (DRS). The national Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS®) summary information for 2014 also has been posted.

Monitoring Review Reports

Monitoring review reports summarize the results of on-site reviews that assess grantee compliance with requirements governing Head Start programs. This includes those regulations specified in the Head Start Act and all applicable Performance Standards.

Use of Tobacco, Alcohol, and Illegal Drugs

Directors, caregivers, volunteers, and staff should not be impaired due to the use of alcohol, illegal drugs or prescription medication during program hours. Tobacco, alcohol, and illegal drug use should be prohibited on the premises (both indoor and outdoor environments) and in any vehicles used by the program at all times. In family child care settings, tobacco and alcohol should be inaccessible to children.

Tips for Keeping Children Safe: A Developmental Guide - Preschoolers

By the time they are preschool-aged, children are more independent in their play and their ability to meet their own needs. They focus on learning rules and routines to know what is safe and appropriate. Their constant dialogue with peers and caregivers helps them to form specific ideas about what is safe and why.

Tips for Keeping Children Safe: A Developmental Guide - Toddlers

The toddler years are a time when children are building skills in all areas. They remember what they learn and share it with others. They understand things more deeply, make choices, and engage with others in new ways. The changes in their physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development help them to build new skills that prepare them for school and later learning.