Head Start A to Z, 2.0

Program Planning and Service System Design

Woman looking to mail at her desk.Program planning and service system design are essential program elements. They guide Head Start and Early Head Start programs through their five-year grants. The continuous cycle of program planning and system design helps to ensure programs create long-term goals and measurable objectives.

In this Head Start A to Z, 2.0 training module:

  • Learn about Head Start expectations concerning program planning and service system design, as outlined in the Head Start Program Performance Standards
  • Explore the relationship between the planning cycle and the Head Start Management Systems Wheel
  • Practice using strategic thinking to link program planning and service system design with different approaches to implementation
  • Refine the skills needed to lead teams through the planning and design processes

To get started, open the session description and script below. It provides an overview of the entire session, a chart to customize training, detailed presenter notes, and suggestions for using the handouts and activities.

Session Description and Script

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Activities and Handouts