Head Start Eligibility Verification Form

The Head Start Eligibility Verification Form complies with the eligibility final rule, Head Start Program Performance Standard 45 CFR 1305, released on Feb. 10, 2015. This form was first made available through ACF-PI-HS-10-02, which is currently under review. Programs may continue to use the form to determine eligibility in accordance with the final rule.


Taking Care of Your Oral Health When You Are Pregnant

It is important for pregnant women to take care of their oral health. Practicing good oral hygiene, eating healthy foods, and getting oral health care help keep a woman’s mouth and teeth healthy during pregnancy.

The Benefits of Being Bilingual

A Head Start currently serves more than 300,000 children who are dual language learners (DLLs) in 87.4 percent of its classrooms (Office of Head Start, 2011). This document lists some reasons bilingualism is an asset to individuals, families, and our entire society.

FR Notice: Head Start Transportation

This rule finalizes the provisions of the proposed rule published on May 30, 2006 and responds to public comments received as a result of the proposed rule. This final rule authorizes approval of annual waivers, under certain circumstances, from two provisions in the current Head Start transportation regulation (45 CFR part 1310): the requirement that each child be seated in a child restraint system while the vehicle is in motion, and the requirement that each bus have at least one bus monitor on board at all times. Waivers would be granted when the Head Start or Early Head Start grantee demonstrates that compliance with the requirement(s) for which the waiver is being sought will result in a significant disruption to the Head Start program or the Early Head Start program and that waiving the requirement(s) is in the best interest of the children involved. The rule also revises the definition of child restraint system in the regulation to remove the reference to weight which now conflicts with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.

Questions and Answers (Q&A) on the Release of the New Head Start Program Performance Standards

The Head Start Program Performance Standards are the foundation for Head Start’s mission – they provide the roadmap to delivering comprehensive, high quality individualized services for Head Start children and families and to supporting the school readiness and healthy development of children from low-income families.

Explore these questions and answers surrounding the release of the new Standards.

Head Start Program Performance Standards Final Rule: General Fact Sheet

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) published a final rule on September 1, 2016 revising the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) to strengthen and improve the quality of Head Start programs. This action is part of the Administration’s early learning efforts to ensure that all children start school ready to succeed.

What Is a Planned Language Approach?

Learn about the key components of a Planned Language Approach (PLA). Find out why it's important, who can use it and where, and how a PLA can support systems and practices.