HSPPS 45 CFR §1302.102(a)(1-4) requires Head Start programs, in collaboration with the governing body/Tribal Council and Policy Council, to establish goals and measurable objectives that include:
- Strategic long-term goals for ensuring programs are responsive to community needs identified in the community assessment
- Goals for the provision of educational, health, nutritional, and family and community engagement program services to further promote the school readiness of enrolled children
- School readiness goals aligned with the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five (ELOF); state and tribal early learning standards, as appropriate; and the requirements and expectations of schools Head Start children will attend
- Effective health and safety practices to ensure children are safe at all times
Community assessment findings related to immediate child, family, and community needs will be used by the Head Start agency to develop program goals and objectives. Keep in mind that program goals are broad statements that move the program forward in its mission and demonstrate the agency's commitment to continuous quality improvement and the establishment of strong management, fiscal, and service delivery systems. Program goals are paired with objectives, which also identify resources needed to carry out the objectives. When its objectives are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely (SMART), the program can effectively assess its progress toward achieving planned changes within the specified timeline.
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For a tool to help program staff coordinate their efforts as they gather information, see Appendix A-1: Community Assessment Matrix.
Resource Type: Article
National Centers: Program Management and Fiscal Operations
Audience: Directors and Managers
Last Updated: August 4, 2023