Head Start Policy and Regulations

Updates to the Head Start Program Performance Standards

The Office of Head Start (OHS) has made some changes to the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) since they were published in 2016. Explore the updates to the standards, as well as any related requests for comment or notices of proposed rule-making. The HSPPS posted on the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) are up-to-date, accounting for any changes that have been finalized.

Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM): Designation Renewal System Changes

Review an NPRM proposing changes to the Head Start Designation Renewal System (DRS), published in the Federal Register on Aug. 13, 2019. It addresses the Classroom Assessment Scoring System: Pre-K (CLASS®) condition and the fiscal condition related to audit findings.

Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM): Head Start Service Duration Requirements

Review this NPRM, published in the Federal Register on March 26, 2019, about Head Start service duration. It removes the requirement for all Head Start programs to serve 100 percent of their preschool center-based children for a full-school day and full school year (1,020 annual hours) by Aug. 1, 2021. Learn how to give your feedback and help the Office of Head Start make decisions for a final rule.


2017 Request for Comments: CLASS® Condition of the Head Start Designation Renewal System

OHS invited public comment on specific changes being considered for the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS®) with a goal of improving implementation and transparency of the Designation Renewal System (DRS).

2018 Delay in Compliance Date for Background Checks and QRIS

Programs have until Sept. 30, 2019 to comply with the comprehensive background check procedures and state or local quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS) in HSPPS 45 CFR §§1302.90(b) and 1302.53(b)(2).

Delay of Compliance Dates

Review the Federal Register about the 2017 delay of the compliance dates for background check procedures and for programs to participate in their state or local QRIS.

2018 Secretarial Determination to Lower Head Start Center-based Service Duration Requirement

The Secretary exercised the authority granted in the HSPPS to lower the Head Start center-based service duration requirement from 50 percent to 0 percent (45 CFR §1302.21(c)(3)(i) and (c)(2(iii)). 

ACF-PI-HS-16-04 HSPPS Final Rule

Review the Final Rule around the HSPPS. Find key changes, effective dates, implementation support, and next steps.

Questions and Answers (Q&A) on the Release of the New HSPPS

Explore these questions and answers surrounding the release of the HSPPS.


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Last Updated: August 14, 2019