Program planning is one of the 10 Head Start management systems. It is key to operating an effective and high-quality Head Start or Early Head Start program.
Thoughtful planning is critical to successful programming. The Program Planning Cycle graphic illustrates how the required Head Start management systems are inter-related parts of a predictable planning process.
Thoughtful planning is critical to programming. Explore these resources for guidance through the five-year grant. Learn how to establish continuous cycles of improvement that involve key stakeholders in data-based decision-making.
Digging Into Data: Change Your View
Family Services staff members discuss how the data they collect are reviewed, coordinated, and shared with other staff members.
Do you sometimes wonder how you can use your program's data to decide on new priorities? Are you frequently stumped by questions from governing body or Policy Council members about program activities? Do you get easily overwhelmed by the statistics in reports from your information management system? Do you wonder how you can better use your annual report and presentations in the community to tell your program's story? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this interactive training module is for you.
Head Start’s commitment to providing children with a safe, nurturing, enjoyable and secure learning environment includes an all-inclusive program of services to ensure that children are healthy and ready to learn. The varied services and experiences provided by local programs support the continuum of children’s growth and development. This video takes a look at the importance of understanding the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of hispanic children and the role that parents play. Program staff can use the examples provided in this video as they plan program services.
A family services manager talks about how each person on the team contributes individual data to enable her to get a center-wide picture.
A Policy Council president talks about how the program’s new way of sharing data in chart form rather than as a narrative helps her to understand the data and be able to ask questions.
An executive director talks about taking time to bring people on board and the excitement of a staff meeting where staff members had an “ah-ha” moment about how each contributes to reaching program goals.