Data & Ongoing Monitoring

Program Information Report (PIR)

PIR logoThe Office of Head Start (OHS) Program Information Report (PIR) provides comprehensive data on the services, staff, children, and families served by Head Start and Early Head Start programs nationwide. All grantees and delegates are required to submit PIR for Head Start and Early Head Start programs.

2020–2021 PIR Collection Documents

There are major changes to numerous sections of the 2020–2021 PIR Form. We strongly encourage grantees to carefully review the new instructions, definitions, and questions in the PIR Form. A guidance document in response to COVID-19 is available for this PIR.

  • 2020–2021 PIR Form Version 1.1 (posted December 2020)
    A copy was published in September 2020 and an advance copy of this form was published on March 2019. The December 2020 version corrects an error in the system calculation of question C.20 and has no impact on the data collected by grantees. The 2020–2021 PIR includes a purpose statement on page 1, additional clarity on PIR reporting timeframes on page 5, and a fix to the instructions on question C.8 on page 26.
  • Guidance on the 2020–2021 PIR in Response to COVID-19

2019-2020 PIR Collection Documents

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, OHS eliminated the reporting burden of the 2019–2020 PIR. It was not required.

Services Snapshots

Services Snapshots summarize annual PIR data. National Services Snapshots are available to download here:

If you are interested in a Services Snapshot for a program near you, use the Program Service Reports search tool.

Access to PIR Data

The PIR is an important source of descriptive and service data for the Head Start community, their partners, Congress, and for the general public. PIR data is compiled for use at the federal, regional, state, and local levels.

The full PIR data set, prior year reports, and PIR forms are available to the public on request.

Contact the Head Start Enterprise System (HSES) help desk to request access.

HSES help desk
Email help@hsesinfo.org
Toll Free: 866-771-4737 Local: 571-429-4858
Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. ET (excluding federal holidays and weather-related federal office closures)

Current HSES users have access to the full PIR data set in HSES via the Reports tab at https://hses.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/pir/.