Ongoing Monitoring systems help assess program operations and ensure that necessary steps are taken to meet federal regulations, program goals and objectives, and to ensure that appropriate interventions are taken in a timely manner. Note: These resources are under review.
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.
Head Start grantees must complete a screening of the health and safety environment of each center and family child care home where services are provided within 45 calendar days of the start of services. This health and safety screener will help organizations to identify where they need to make changes and build capacity in order to ensure children are healthy and safe while in their care. The grantee governing body must submit a signed certification of compliance with all applicable health and safety requirements within 75 calendar days of the start of the program. The form must be submitted to OHS in the Head Start Enterprise System (HSES) immediately thereafter.