Head Start Design Guide

This guide promotes centers that are safe, child-oriented, and developmentally appropriate. Program directors and management staff will find this guide key to constructing or renovating a child care center. Note: This resource is under review.


This Guide is intended to be the source of basic architectural information for all individuals involved in the design of Head Start centers. Individuals seeking detailed information on Head Start practices, center operations, or general Head Start building standards should refer to the Head Start Performance Standards, 45 CFR 1304, et. seq. Full text» [PDF, 2.55 MB]

Head Start Center Design Guide. Second Edition. HHS/ACF/ACYF/HSB. 2005. English. [PDF, 2.55 MB].

Last Reviewed: February 2017

Last Updated: February 6, 2017