Foundations for Excellence, 2nd Edition offers guidance for five-year planning and continuous improvement. Learn what Head Start expects from programs’ strategic planning. Discover ways to ensure that programming is responsive to community needs throughout the five-year grant period.
Learn how program planning and service system design guides Head Start programs through their five-year grant. This system design includes service plans that directly impact children and families.
Learn how using data and evaluation enables programs to make data-informed decisions. Also, find out how data and evaluation informs each stage of the program planning cycle.
Ongoing monitoring helps Head Start programs better address goals and objectives. It also engages all stakeholders in the program planning process.
A self-assessment each year helps Head Start programs plan and grow around their strengths and needs.
The community assessment is a way to jumpstart the program planning process. Learn how the assessment helps Head Start programs provide key services to the children and families that need them.
At-a-Glance Comparison: Tribal Child Care and Development Fund and American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start
Tribes have requirements in their two-year Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) plans to coordinate the delivery of services with other tribal, federal, state, and local early childhood development programs, such as Head Start. This chart provides a quick glance that compares tribal child care with Head Start programs, and can be used by American Indian and Alaska Head Start programs to further their collaboration efforts.
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.
Strategic planning is key to successful programming. In this updated version of Foundations for Excellence, 2nd Edition, explore new insights and resources for program planning and data-informed decision-making.
Self-Assessment: Your Annual Journey Orientation