What is its purpose?

The DLLPA is a self-assessment tool for Head Start, child care, and pre-K programs. It helps to assess management systems and services to ensure the full and effective participation of children who are DLLs and their families. In fact, a coordinated approach is mandated in Subpart J—Program Management and Quality Improvement, 45 CFR § 1302 of the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS). Make the DLLPA part of your program's continuous improvement efforts. As part of your program's planning cycle, it can provide information that clarifies or expands data collected from other sources, including other program assessment tools. It is another resource for your program's toolbox.

The DLLPA focuses on continuous improvement in delivering Head Start and Early Head Start services to children who are DLLs and their families. It replaces the Program Preparedness Checklist 5 (PPC5) and the Organizational Capacity Checklist (OCC).

Using the DLLPA allows your program to:

  • Review the HSPPS foundational to a coordinated approach for children who are DLLs
  • Focus on the systems and services that support a program-wide coordinated approach for children who are DLLs
  • Note the strengths of your program's coordinated approach
  • Assess the integration of culturally and linguistically responsive practices for all children
  • Identify priorities for improving program management and quality services
  • Generate creative and open reflection for next steps
  • Access related resources

Take the DLL Program Assessment