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May 2015

  • 5/18/15

  • Blog Post
    Celebrating the Launch of Head Start: May 18, 1965

  • 5/8/15

  • Video Message
    Dr. Enriquez, Director of the Office of Head Start, wishes every teacher, assistant teacher, home visitor, caregiver, and family child care provider a happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Your dedication and support has helped countless children succeed in kindergarten and beyond. You are the heart of Head Start!

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February 2014

  • 2/21/14

  • Press Release
    Head Start Birth-to-Five Pilot Shows Strong Push for Earlier Care and Education

  • 2/19/14

  • Robert E. Cooke

    Dr. Robert E. Cooke, the Johns Hopkins pediatrician who chaired a panel of experts charged with designing and implementing Head Start, passed away Feb. 2 at his home on Martha's Vineyard.

    Cooke, who became a close friend to Eunice and Sargent Shriver through his work to improve the lives of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, worked closely with presidents Kennedy and Johnson to form many policies and programs related to early childhood development. Many of those programs still exist today, Head Start and the National Institute for Child Health at NIH among them, enriching the lives of millions of children and their families.

    Driven by a commitment to his own children, two of whom had cru di chat (cry of the cat) syndrome, Dr. Cooke's profound legacy includes groundbreaking medical research and visionary academic leadership as well as innovative public policy.

  • 2/10/14

  • Program Instruction
    FY 2014 Head Start Funding Increase (ACF-PI-HS-14-01)

    Instrucción del Programa
    Aumento de los fondos de Head Start para el año fiscal 2014 (ACF-PI-HS-14-01)

January 2014

  • 1/22/14

  • Annual Update of the HHS Poverty Guidelines
    2014 HHS Poverty Guidelines

  • 1/9/14

  • Information Memorandum
    Head Start Audit Supplement (ACF-IM-HS-14-01)

    Memorándum de Información
    Suplemento de 2013 sobre auditorías a entidades que ejecuten programas de Head Start (ACF-IM-HS-14-01)

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November 2012

  • 11/30/12

  • Information Memorandum
    E-Rate Discount Options (ACF-IM-HS-12-09)

    Memorándum de Información
    Opciones de descuento del programa E-rate (ACF-IM-HS-12-09)

    Information Memorandum
    Disposition of Older Modular Units (ACF-IM-HS-12-08)

    Memorándum de Información
    Cómo deshacerse de unidades modulares viejas (ACF-IM-HS-12-08)

  • 11/06/12

  • Information Memorandum
    Supporting Children and Families after Hurricane Sandy (ACF-IM-HS-12-07)

    Memorándum de Información
    Apoyo a los niños y las familias tras el huracán Sandy (ACF-IM-HS-12-07)

    Information Memorandum
    Hurricane Sandy (ACF-IM-HS-12-06)

    Memorándum de Información
    El huracán Sandy (ACF-IM-HS-12-06)

October 2012

  • 10/05/12

  • Program Instruction
    Non-Competitive 5-Year Grant Awards (ACF-PI-HS-12-03)

    Instrucción del Programa
    Adjudicación de subvenciones no competitivas de 5 años de duración (ACF-PI-HS-12-03)

June 2012

  • 6/06/12

  • Information Memorandum
    Head Start and Early Head Start Relationship-Based Competencies for Staff and Supervisors who Work With Families (ACF-IM-HS-12-05)

    Memorándum de Información
    Competencias, basadas en las relaciones, para el personal y los supervisores que trabajan con las familias de Head Start y Early Head Start (ACF-IM-HS-12-05)

May 2012

  • 5/09/12

  • Information Memorandum
    Head Start, Child Care, and Public Libraries: Partnerships
    to Support Young Children and Their Families (ACF-IM-HS-12-04)

    Memorándum de Información
    Head Start, Cuidado infantil y bibliotecas públicas: Asociaciones para apoyar a los niños pequeños y a sus familias (ACF-IM-HS-12-04)

April 2012

  • 4/24/12

  • Information Memorandum
    Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) New Crib Standards (ACF-IM-HS-12-03)

    Memorándum de Información
    Nuevos estándares para la seguridad de las cunas de la Comisión para la Seguridad de Productos para el Consumidor (CPSC) (ACF-IM-HS-12-03)

  • 4/19/12

  • Head Start Funding Opportunities Now Available
    HHS releases funding opportunities for 97 Head Start service areas

March 2012

  • 3/29/12

  • Information Memorandum
    SF-428 Tangible Personal Property Report, SF-429 Real Property Status Report (ACF-IM-HS-12-02)

    Memorándum de Información
    Informe de propiedad personal tangible SF-428; Informe del estado de propiedad real SF-429 (ACF-IM-HS-12-02)

  • 3/28/12

  • Designation Renewal System
    Frequently Asked Questions

February 2012

  • 2/10/12

  • Program Instruction
    Non-Federal Share Issues (ACF-PI-HS-12-02)

    Information Memorandum

    Choosing an External Auditor (ACF-IM-HS-12-01)

  • 2/01/12

  • Instrucción del Programa
    Aumento de los fondos de Head Start para el AF 2012 (ACF-PI-HS-12-01)

January 2012

  • 1/26/12

  • Program Instruction
    FY 2012 Head Start Funding Increase (ACF-PI-HS-12-01)

  • 1/06/12

  • Notice of Upcoming HS and EHS Grant Opportunities[PDF, 561KB]

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Head Start (OHS) has forecasted its upcoming Early Head Start and Head Start grant opportunities at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/hhsgrantsforecast/. The publication of this announcement is in response to the statutory provisions of the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 to establish a system of designation renewal. Each Forecast record contains:

    • Communities receiving Head Start and/or Early Head Start services
    • Available Federal funds
    • Expected number of awards (represents an estimated range of awards)

    When OHS is ready to accept applications, an official notice known as a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will be made available on www.grants.gov, under CFDA 93.600. OHS expects to begin publishing Funding Opportunity Announcements in early 2012. Dates included in Forecast records are subject to change.

    For additional information, please email DRS@headstartinfo.org.

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October 2011

September 2011

August 2011

  • 8/3/11

  • Information Memorandum
    Physical Health and Development (ACF-IM-HS-11-02)

July 2011

  • 7/20/11

  • Program Instruction
    Participation in Your State's Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Plan (ACF-PI-HS-11-03)

June 2011

  • 6/17/11

  • Information Memorandum
    Head Start's Father's Day Communication in Support of Responsible Fatherhood (ACF-IM-HS-11-01)

  • 6/09/11

  • Office of Child Care and the Office of Head Start Collaboration Webcast
    Directors announce two new initiatives: Learning Labs & Early Head Start for Family Child Care

    Read the transcript [PDF 23KB]

May 2011

  • 5/25/11

    New State Competition to Establish and Expand High Quality Early Learning Programs

    U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced a new $500 million state-level grant competition, the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge. Joining Duncan and Sebelius at the announcement were business, law enforcement and military leaders who have advocated for increased investments in early learning to reduce crime, strengthen national security, and boost U.S. competitiveness.

    "For kids, high quality early learning programs mean they will enter school better prepared with a greater chance of finishing high school and college," said Vice President Joe Biden, Chairman of the Administration's Middle Class Task Force. "Expanding access to such early education and child care programs will also make it easier for working parents to hold down a job - a key priority of the Middle Class Task Force - giving them peace of mind that their children are in a high quality learning environment while they are at work."

    "To win the future, our children need a strong start," said Secretary Duncan. "The Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge encourages states to develop bold and comprehensive plans for raising the quality of early learning programs across America."

    "This Challenge represents the Obama Administration's commitment to helping vulnerable children and families reach their full potential," said Secretary Sebelius. "Our collective health and financial security as a nation will depend on high quality investments during the critical early years of a child's life."

    The Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge will reward states that create comprehensive plans to transform early learning systems with better coordination, clearer learning standards, and meaningful workforce development. Secretary Duncan and Secretary Sebelius also challenged the broader innovation community - leading researchers, high-tech entrepreneurs, foundations, non-profits and others - to engage with the early learning community to close the school readiness gap.

    States applying for challenge grants will be encouraged to increase access to quality early learning programs for low income and disadvantaged children, design integrated and transparent systems that align their early care and education programs, bolster training and support for the early learning workforce, create robust evaluation systems to document and share effective practices and successful programs, and help parents make informed decisions about care for their children.

    Research shows that high-quality early learning programs lead to long-lasting positive outcomes for children, including increased rates of high school graduation, college attendance and college completion. Yet, just 40 percent 4-year olds in America are currently enrolled in preschool programs. The most recent report from the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) indicates that, for the first time in a decade, states are reducing some of their key investments in early learning.

    The Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grants will encourage states to make the best possible use of current federal and state investments in child care and early learning. The Obama Administration has sought and secured increased investments in Head Start and child care so that more families have access to quality, affordable care, while also pursuing important reforms such as requiring Head Start grantees to compete for continued funding. The administration has also steered resources towards evidence-based, cost-effective home visiting programs.

    In his remarks today, Duncan also thanked Congress for supporting Race to the Top saying, "We are deeply grateful to Congress for supporting these programs. Congress understands the value of investing in education reform, particularly early learning, even in these economic times."

    The Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge will be administered jointly by the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services. Starting today, the public may provide input, including data and relevant research, by visiting http://www.ed.gov/blog/2011/05/watch-live-duncan-and-sebelius-make-major-announcement-about-race-to-the-top-and-early-learning/. Guidance, eligibility, range of awards and number of grants will be announced in coming weeks. The application will be released later this summer with grants awarded to states no later than December 31, 2011.

April 2011

  • 4/25/11

  • Conference Call Regarding the FY2011 Budget

    Download [MP3 3.1MB]

    Read the Transcript [PDF, 201KB]

    Presenter's Notes and Selected Q&A [PDF, 36KB]

  • 4/21/11

  • Program Instruction
    Fiscal Year 2011 Head Start Funding Guidance (ACF-PI-HS-11-02)

  • 4/19/11

  • Program Instruction
    SF-425 Federal Financial Report Form Replaces SF-269 (ACF-PI-HS-11-01)

  • 4/12/11

  • Office of Head Start 1st National Birth to Five Leadership Institute
    The Office of Head Start 1st National Birth to Five Leadership Institute will provide opportunities for leadership development through the promotion of effective strategies for achieving school readiness and continuous program improvement. While all Head Start staff have a leadership role to play in achieving positive outcomes for children, families, and communities, this Institute is designed for staff and parent leaders. Programs are encouraged to select a team of leaders who, after the Institute, will be prepared to lead the way for 2011 and beyond. Early Bird Registration now open!

March 2011

  • 3/29/11

  • Early Care and Education Research Scholars: Head Start Graduate Student Research Grants
    The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) plans to provide funds for Graduate Student Research Grants to support dissertation research by advanced graduate students who are working in partnership with Head Start programs and with faculty mentors. Competitive applicants will 1) demonstrate a collaborative partnership with their program partners and 2) pursue research questions that directly inform local, state or federal policy relevant to multiple early care and education contexts. Applicants should consider pursuing data collection across contexts, including child care, pre-k, home-visiting programs, Head Starts and/or others. Funding for this announcement is based on availability.

  • 3/18/11

  • Notice of Proposed Rulemaking - Eligibility
    Federal Register notice of proposed rule to codify statutory eligibility requirements for Head Start and Early Head Start program enrollment.

  • 3/18/11

  • OHS Summit PowerPoints Now Available
    The OHS Summit: On the Road to School Readiness provided information, tools, and strategies to promote program quality and positive child outcomes.

January 2011

  • 1/21/11

  • The 2011 HHS Poverty Guidelines Announced
    The poverty guidelines are the other version of the federal poverty measure. They are issued each year in the Federal Register by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

  • 1/19/11

  • A Message from Acting Assistant Secretary David Hansell on the Passing of Sargent Shriver.
    Earlier this week America lost Sargent Shriver, an extraordinary champion of our country's most vulnerable children and families.

    He is perhaps best remembered as the person President Johnson chose in February of 1964 to lead the War on Poverty as Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity. Mr. Shriver developed a multi-faceted campaign designed not only to address problems of economic hardship, but also to bolster the efforts of those struggling to assure civil rights for all Americans. It would become one of the most important initiatives of the Johnson Administration and led to the creation of programs such as Head Start, now a part of ACF.

    At the time, Mr. Shriver laid out a philosophy remarkably similar to our mission today. "The War on Poverty," he said, "is a means of making life available for any and all pursuers. It does not try to make men good -- because that is moralizing. It does not try to give men what they want -- because that is catering. It does not try to give men false hopes -- because that is deception. Instead, the War on Poverty tries only to create the conditions by which the good life can be lived -- and that is humanism."

    Sargent Shriver's dedication and commitment ensured that millions of disadvantaged children and their families had an equal opportunity to succeed. The Administration for Children and Families continues to live Sargent Shriver's vision daily as we work to promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals and communities across the country.

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family as we continue to implement his vision of an America where all can prosper.

    Sergeant Shriver reflectingSergeant Shriver with President Lyndon B. JohnsonSergeant Shriver at a microphone

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November 2010

  • 11/11/10

  • HHS Grantee Announcement
    HHS Announces Early Learning Mentor Coach Grantees [PDF, 396KB]

  • 11/10/10

  • Information Memorandum
    Fiscal Year 2011 Monitoring - (ACF-IM-HS-10-08)

  • 11/04/10

  • Statement from Yvette Sanchez Fuentes, Director of the Office of Head Start, on the Passing of Jule Sugarman
    Today Head Start and the early education community mourn the loss of Jule Sugarman, who helped to found Head Start during the Johnson Administration. Jule was deeply committed to ensuring that low-income children receive comprehensive services so they can enter school ready to learn. His constant dedication and commitment to America's most vulnerable are a beacon to us all. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family as we remember his decades of service and contributions to the field of early education.

    Mr. Jule Sugarman

    Read Mr. Sugarman's obituary in the Washington Post

October 2010

  • 10/29/10

  • Information Memorandum
    Helping Victims of Domestic Violence and Their Children - (ACF-IM-HS-10-07)

  • 10/27/10

  • Information Memorandum
    Qualifications for Early Head Start Infant and Toddler Center-based staff - (ACF-IM-HS-10-06)

  • 10/26/10

  • Program Instruction
    Application Procedures for Locally Designed or Specialized Delivery Models - (ACF-PI-HS-10-04)

September 2010

August 2010

  • 8/23/10

  • Program Instruction
    Enrollment and Re-enrollment of Migrant Children - (ACF-PI-HS-10-03)

July 2010

June 2010

  • 6/28/10

  • Information Memorandum
    Strengthening Head Start and Ensuring Accountability - (ACF-IM-HS-10-03)

  • 6/01/10

  • Funding Opportunities for National Centers

    National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning

    National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness

    National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations

    National Center on Parent, Family and Community Engagement

  • 6/01/10

  • Funding Opportunities for Head Start and Early Head Start Grantees

    American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 - Early Learning Mentor Coaches

    ACF Head Start Center of Excellence Funding Opportunity

May 2010

  • 5/17/10

  • HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Outlines Plans and Steadfast Commitment to Upholding the Integrity of Head Start Program
    The Office of Head Start forwarded an important message from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to every Head Start grantee in the country underscoring the serious nature of allegations of fraud, making clear that the Department will not tolerate intentional violations of Head Start rules and regulations.

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sent a letter to Chairman George Miller and the Committee on Education and Labor regarding the Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigation into improper practices by Head Start grantees. The investigation is the subject of the Committee's upcoming hearing. Secretary Sebelius' letter outlines HHS's plans and steadfast commitment to upholding the integrity of this critical program.

  • 5/13/10

  • Information Memorandum
    Revisiting and Updating the Multicultural Principles for Head Start Programs Serving Children Ages Birth to Five - (ACF-IM-HS-10-02)

  • 5/10/10

  • Program Instruction
    Income Eligibility for Enrollment in Head Start and Early Head Start Programs - (ACF-PI-HS-10-02)

February 2010

  • 2/17/10

  • Program Instruction
    FY 2010 Head Start Funding Increase - (ACF-PI-HS-10-01)

January 2010

  • 1/11/10

  • Information Memorandum
    Training and Technical Assistance System - (ACF-IM-HS-10-01)

Last Reviewed: November 2016

Last Updated: November 21, 2016