Program Planning

Community Assessment: Building Responsive Programs

This training provides guidance on the community assessment, a planning and evaluation activity required by the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS). Requirements for conducting a community assessment are outlined in 45 CFR §1302 Subpart A—Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance. These standards set forth the purpose and conditions for conducting a community assessment and outline the data that must be collected related to community strengths, needs, and resources.

The community assessment is referred to in the HSPPS as the "community-wide strategic planning and needs assessment." It is an essential first step in designing a program that meets the needs of children and families. In this training, participants will learn about recommended processes for conducting a community assessment and identify additional resources to support these important activities.

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Session Description and Script

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Activities and Handouts

Last Updated: August 6, 2019