Exploring the Head Start Program Performance Standards

Head Start agencies that provide services to children and families must meet the Head Start Program Performance Standards and the requirements set forth in the Head Start Act of 2007. The Office of Head Start (OHS) also offers direction through Program Instructions (PIs) and Information Memorandums (IMs). More guidance is available to grantees through their federal program specialist.

Updates to the Head Start Program Performance Standards

See the changes to the HSPPS since they were published.

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Head Start Program Performance Standards

Read the HSPPS – the regulations that govern Head Start programs.

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Regulations Overview

Learn more about the general structure of the HSPPS, and how they address services to infants and toddlers, dual language learners and children with disabilities.

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Webcasts

Watch as OHS leadership introduces the Head Start Performance Standards in this webcast series.

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Presenting the New Head Start Performance Standards

Last Updated: April 9, 2019