The Policy Council actively participates in the development of school readiness goals and helps to assess the program’s progress in achieving those goals. The Policy Council also promotes the critical role that parents play in supporting their children’s progress towards school readiness.
Steps to School Readiness
- Understand the purpose and importance of establishing school readiness goals [PDF, 915KB] in the context of the Head Start planning process.
- Participate in the establishment of school readiness goals through their involvement in the Head Start program planning process.
Planning and Implementation
- Review regular progress reports submitted by Head Start management that pertain to the implementation of school readiness goals and makes recommendations to the governing body.
- Provide input into curriculum to ensure that it aligns with school readiness goals.
- Promote the involvement of parents in supporting school readiness goals.
Assessing and Aggregating
- Ensure that program data on individual children a can be used to facilitate a parent-teacher partnership in establishing and achieving individual goals for children.
- Participate in the self-assessment process by reviewing year-long data to determine school readiness trends and assess overall progress in achieving school readiness goals.
- Ensure that the role of parents in supporting school readiness goals is a priority of the program.
- PFCE Framework Webinar Series No. 2: The Role of Leadership
- Part 1304 Subpart B – Designation Renewal
- Curriculum, Assessment, and the Head Start Framework: An Alignment Review Tool [PDF, 298KB]
- Using the Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework in Your Program: Markers of Progress [PDF, 3.6MB]
- Data in Head Start and Early Head Start: Creating a Culture that Embraces Data
- Program Preparedness Checklist Version 5: A Tool to Assist Head Start and Early Head Start Programs to Assess Their Systems and Services for Dual Language Learners and Their Families
- Self-Assessment Tip Sheet
Stories from the Field
Last Reviewed: June 2014
Last Updated: December 15, 2016