Section 1: Embracing Head Start
- 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.
Section 2: What Is Head Start Program Governance?
- Head Start Act
- Head Start Program Performance Standards and Other Regulations
- Head Start Program Governance: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Find answers to common questions about Head Start program governance, particularly the roles and responsibilities of the governing body, Policy Council, and other parent groups.
- Head Start Program Governance Entities Diagrams In Spanish (español)
Two Venn diagrams list each entity’s responsibilities and describe composition requirements.
- Where Do You Stand?
Use this checklist of responsibilities to identify new tasks for your governing body now that you have won a Head Start award.
Section 3: Legal Responsibilities
- Program Governance: Glossary of Documents and Reports
Explore brief descriptions of the key documents and reports that Head Start governing board members must regularly review as part of their oversight responsibility.
- 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.
- Head Start and Other Federal Regulations
This resource describes some of the federal laws and regulations that impact how Head Start programs are governed and managed. Note: This resource is under review.
Section 4: Fiscal Responsibilities
- PMFO Fiscal Resources
Find online fiscal tools and resources offered by the National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations (NCPMFO).
- Financial Management System Requirements
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).
- The Audit Process
Discover the four steps of the audit process.
- Warning Signs of Financial Trouble: The Dirty Dozen
Know the 12 warning signs of potential financial trouble within a Head Start program or grantee organization.
Extend Your Learning
Building Your Governance System
- Governance, Maintenance, and Oversight Capacity Screening
This online diagnostic tool can help governing bodies and Head Start managers assess their program’s governance system and identify areas for capacity building and training.
The Governing Body
- Governance Readiness Tool In 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.
Last Updated: February 22, 2019