Planning systems occur in a continuous cycle, involving key members of the Head Start community. The outcome of this cycle is the creation of achievable goals and short-term program and fiscal objectives. Note: These resources are under review.
This section of the Head Start Program Performance Standards outlines the requirements for the development of key management systems, including a systematic, ongoing process for program planning and the development of written plans for the implementation of services [1304.51(a)].
This tip sheet reflects the Office of Head Start’s latest thinking on the role of the annual self-assessment in ongoing program oversight and planning. The tip sheet introduces a visual depiction of the Head Start Program Planning Cycle and offers distinctions between ongoing monitoring and self-assessment.
This workbook presents five steps for conducting a thorough and up-to-date community assessment and is designed to help grantees coordinate and execute their community assessment. It can help programs identify new or underserved populations in the service area, assess their needs, and identify available resources.
Overview of Strategic Planning
This resource supports strategic planning for Head Start programs by providing a framework to address essential components of the planning process: vision, mission, objectives, strategies, and action plans (VMOSA).
This section of the Head Start Program Performance Standards contains information about the program options available for enrolling Head Start children.
Propose Directions and Adopt Plans
This excerpt from the Head Start training guide, Participating in the Management Process, discusses goal setting, visioning, and action plan development related to the formulation of multiyear, long-range goals and short-term program and financial objectives in the context of the Head Start Program Performance Standards.
Linking Between Program Planning and Budget Development
This resource, an excerpt from Head Start Moving Ahead: Competency Based Training Program, can help program directors and their management teams deepen their understanding of the linkages between program planning and budget development.
Plan to Plan
This excerpt from the Head Start training guide Planning and Reviewing for Success provides an overview of the planning process and its potential benefits.
This matrix describes the context in which a Head Start or Early Head Start program operates. It can assist program staff in coordinating their information-gathering efforts for a community assessment. The assessment paints a picture of the community; describes the diverse needs of families that may receive services; documents the community’s history, economic and political realities; and pinpoints strengths and challenges.
Glossary of Common Head Start Data Sources
This glossary lists potential Head Start data sources that program leaders and decision makers can use to guide the development of meaningful work plans and other continuous improvement efforts, including priority setting. It also provides data to help program managers evaluate the results of improvement and development efforts.
This detailed outline can be used by program directors and consultants involved in coordinating and conducting community assessments to help identify what matters to a community and what resources are available to bring about change. This outline should be used in conjunction with related Head Start Program Performance Standards to ensure that all required components of the community assessment are included.
This interactive learning module assists Head Start and Early Head Start leaders in promoting success in program planning through effective use of data. It also includes a visual depicting the Head Start Planning Process.
Sequestration: The Balancing Act: Reducing Costs While Maintaining Quality
This webinar and associated tools and tip sheet present a process to assist grantees in thinking through and communicating about budget reductions. The process supports grantees in making decisions focused on their program and community. It also emphasizes the use of data to make budget decisions.
Effective program planning is key to operating a Head Start or Early Head Start program. This resource provides a variety of materials, including a short video, a graphic of Head Start's Program Planning cycle, and supporting documents.