Designation Renewal System

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), as required by Congress, established the Designation Renewal System (DRS) to determine whether Head Start and Early Head Start agencies deliver high-quality and comprehensive services to the families they serve.

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.

Fifth Cohort of Head Start Grantees Designated to Compete for Funding

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) notified an additional 12 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. The national Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS®) summary information for 2015 has also been posted.

DRS by the Numbers (2011-2016)

Learn more about DRS. This report provides extensive data, including characteristics of the programs required to compete and the competition outcomes across all four cohorts of DRS implementation. Learn more about past findings by grant size, geography, and grant type, including Tribal grants.

Report on Head Start Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS®) Data: Fiscal Years 2012-2015

This report summarizes key information from CLASS Pre-K® monitoring reviews in fiscal years (FY) 2012-2015. National, regional, and state CLASS® scores are presented, as well as information about the characteristics of grantees, teachers, children, and classroom activities that were observed. Throughout the report, questions are posed to help readers think about the efforts their own programs are making toward quality improvement.

Use of Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS®) in Head Start

The Office of Head Start (OHS) has published a list of frequently asked questions and answers regarding the use of the CLASS® Teacher-Child Observation Instrument in Head Start. This resource will help you understand how CLASS ® can be used for professional development and will explain how it is used within OHS for program monitoring purposes.