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.
Learn about procurement procedures, accessibility guidelines, and other design elements grantees should consider when establishing an early care facility.
Explore the budgeting sources, safety guidelines, and regulations grantees should consider when they want to purchase, construct, or renovate a facility.
Review the insurance and maintenance regulations, quality health and safety practices, and policies that grantees should establish in their early care and education facilities.
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 facilities guidance resource to support the development and analysis of facilities applications in regard to these regulations.
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 facilities guidance tool to help with data-informed decision-making in implementing sound business practices.
The Pro-Children’s Act of 2001 imposes restrictions on smoking in facilities where federally-funded children’s services are provided. Grantees that are subject to these requirements will find this information useful.
Learn more about the specific regulations in the Head Start Act and Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) that grantees must comply with when they purchase, construct, or renovate a facility using Head Start grant funds. Use this resource when complying with these regulations.
Listen as Office of Head Start leadership discuss program impacts resulting from the 2017 hurricanes, Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria.