Federal Monitoring

Monitoring Review Reports

The following reports summarize the results of different types of monitoring reviews. They provide grantees with information regarding their performance and compliance with requirements governing Head Start and Early Head Start programs. This includes those regulations specified in the Head Start Act and all applicable Head Start Program Performance Standards. 

The Office of Head Start (OHS) also delivers Reports to Congress that highlight enhancements made to the monitoring review system and summarizes grantee review outcomes, as well as findings at a national level. 

Explore the type of reviews that result in a formal report to the grantee: 

CLASS® Review 

The Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS®) is an observation tool that assesses the quality of teacher-child interactions in center-based preschool classrooms. It is used as part of the monitoring review process. Read more about the use of CLASS® in Head Start

National CLASS® statistics are also available.

Focus Area One Review

Focus Area One, which is conducted offsite, offers grantees a chance to share the information they used to inform their program design. Through Focus Area One, OHS hopes to learn about the following topics:

  • Strengths and needs of children and families in the community
  • Staffing structure and program design that meets the needs of children and families
  • Approaches to education and child development, health, and family and community engagement services
  • Fiscal infrastructure and capacity
  • Program governance and accountability

Focus Area Two Review

In Focus Area Two, OHS is looking for grantees to demonstrate their ability to track and assess their program’s progress and performance, use data to drive results, and make adjustments and corrections as needed. The review team will be looking systematically and holistically across program services and functions to include:

  • Health services
  • Management systems
  • Education and child development services
  • Parent, family, and community engagement services
  • Financial and administrative services

The Focus Area Two review is conducted by a review team on-site with the grantee. The length of the review and the number of members on the review team will depend on the size of the grantee. Typically, OHS anticipates three reviewers onsite for five days. One of the members of the review team will be a fiscal reviewer while the others will have significant expertise in early childhood education, Head Start, and program administration.

Follow-up Review 

A follow-up review is conducted to ensure programs with findings have corrected non-compliances or deficiencies. 

Other Reviews

Additional reviews may be initiated if issues with a grantee's performance are brought to the attention of OHS. They are conducted on an as-needed basis and focus on the issue identified as a concern.

Grantee Service Profiles provide national- and grantee-level information on reported demographics, services, and federal monitoring of Head Start and Early Head Start programs.

For more information, please contact us at OHSMonitoring at dlhcorp dot com.