Community Assessment

Introduction: Getting Started

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The community assessment (CA) is an important undertaking for every Head Start grantee—and one that you will repeat regularly over the life of your program. Get started by reviewing the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) guidance related to the community assessment. Consider how the community assessment will be beneficial for your community. Engage your staff and partners in discussions about the community assessment requirements and how the data gathered will be used to inform strategic planning, goal setting, and decision-making. Use these early conversations to educate your stakeholders and generate excitement about the benefits of conducting a community assessment.