Organizational Leadership

Head Start Program Governance: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Head Start leaders who implement strong governance systems often face important questions. When such questions arise, leaders should refer first to key Head Start policy and regulation. These items include the Head Start Act, Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS), Information Memorandums (IMs), Program Instructions (PIs), and Policy Clarifications (PCs). These resources will help to determine if Head Start regulations and policies exist that address the issues at hand.

Please note that the current HSPPS were developed prior to the Head Start Act of 2007, and a new set of standards has not yet become available. For this reason, when you face questions where the Head Start Act and the Program Performance Standards appear to provide different answers, you should seek guidance from your federal Office of Head Start (OHS) staff. Note: These resources are under review.

FAQs Pertaining to the Governing Body

FAQs Pertaining to the Policy Council

FAQs Pertaining to the Governing Body and Policy Council

Topic:Organizational Leadership

Keywords:Program governance

Resource Type: Article

Last Updated: July 13, 2018