Facilities and Learning Environments reinforce the importance of designing and maintaining all facilities so they actively support children and families in both indoor and outdoor environments. Transportation supports the safe and efficient movement of children from one point to another.
A program’s physical environment supports the quality and quantity of the services it provides. Browse facilities resources that help programs create environments that are conducive to learning.
Explore the budgeting sources, safety guidelines, and regulations grantees should consider when they want to purchase, construct, or renovate a facility.
Learn about the laws and regulations grantees must comply with and the forms they must complete when they purchase, construct, or renovate a facility.
Learn about procurement procedures, accessibility guidelines, and other design elements grantees should consider when establishing an early care facility.
Learn about programs and agencies that can help grantees address the needs of children and families affected by natural and man-made disasters.
Review the insurance and maintenance regulations, quality health and safety practices, and policies that grantees should establish in their early care and education facilities.
Head Start leaders must develop systems to address the maintenance needs and repair schedules of their facilities. These systems can have significant budgetary implications and should be approached with the same care one would take with any major purchase. Use this tool to help guide data-informed decision-making in implementing sound business practices.
Listen as Office of Head Start leadership discuss program impacts resulting from the 2017 hurricanes, Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria.
Explore the specific regulations in the Head Start Act and the Head Start Program Performance Standards that grantees should consider when they want to purchase, construct, or renovate a facility using Head Start grant funds. Use this resource to support the development and analysis of facilities applications in regard to these regulations.