Head Start History
Read an overview of the history of Head Start, including information about the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007. Two videos provide additional historical background.
Governing Regulations and Documents
Discover examples of regulations and documents at the federal, tribal, state, local, and organizational levels that impact Head Start governance. Note: This resource is under review.
PMFO Fiscal Resources
Find online fiscal tools and resources offered by the National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations (NCPMFO).
Fiscal Compliance Regulations [PDF, 150KB]
Start exploring some of the federal compliance regulations that prescribe how Head Start programs must manage, spend, and report their funds.
Financial Management System Requirements [PDF, 161KB]
Learn about the seven standards for financial management systems that are required of organizations and governments that receive grants and contracts funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Governance Readiness ToolIn Spanish (español)
Use the 15 indicators of effective governance to determine the strengths of the governing body and where they need assistance in building capacity to effectively oversee a Head Start program.
Presiding Over a Meeting
Know the important steps for running an effective governing body meeting.
Simplified Parliamentary Procedure
Learn how to use parliamentary procedure to facilitate an effective governing body meeting.
Rights of Membership
Explore the rights to participation and consensus that members have when serving on a governing body or Policy Council.