Head Start Program Performance Standards Relating to Ratios and Group Size

Explore an at-a-glance overview of the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) related to ratios and groups sizes for both family child care and child care centers. This document provides clear examples and references the HSPPS to assist programs in determining whether they are meeting all child ratio and group size requirements.

Parent-Child Relationships

Caring and responsive parent-child relationships help children thrive in school and in life. Explore this research-based infographic to learn how and why the parent-child relationship is important. Review strategies program supervisors and staff can use the infographic to promote these relationships.


  • Distribute during staff orientation
  • Review with staff and have them journal when they observe strong parent-child relationships
  • Provide opportunities for staff to share at future staff meeting
  • Use “Value, Respect, and Support” prompts in role plays at staff meetings or during reflective supervision
  • Display on the wall as a reminder to staff

Program Staff

  • Distribute during parent orientation
  • Share with a parent as a conversation starter in the classroom or during a home visit
  • Display in the classroom or home care setting to demonstrate the commitment to parent-child relationships and to promote discussion of program goals