Skip to content

Head Start Performance Standards

Step 1 of ERSEA: The Community Assessment for Your Head Start Program
Mel Gravely
15-January-2018

Step 1 of ERSEA: The Community Assessment for Your Head Start Program

ERSEA is not a task for the faint of heart. In this blog we will review and clarify some ERSEA topics. ERSEA is: Eligibility – Recruitment – Selection – Enrollment – Attendance (see What is ERSEA and Why is it Important to your Head Start Program?). The Head Start Performance Standards begins the ERSEA section…

Read More
Tips for Teaching Nutrition in Head Start
Mel Gravely
10-October-2017

Tips for Teaching Nutrition in Head Start

In Head Start Performance Standard 1302.46:(ii): Discuss their child’s nutritional status with staff, including the importance of physical activity, healthy eating, and the negative health consequences of sugar-sweetened beverages, and how to select and prepare nutritious foods that meet the family’s nutrition and food budget needs. How can we help Head Start encourage healthy eating?…

Read More
Supporting Breastfeeding in Head Start
Mel Gravely
02-October-2017

Supporting Breastfeeding in Head Start

In the Head Start Performance Standards: 1302.44 (a) (viii): Promote breastfeeding, including providing facilities to properly store and handle breast milk and make accommodations, as necessary, for mothers who wish to breastfeed during program hours, and if necessary, provide referrals to lactation consultants or counselors. How can you help support breastfeeding in your Head Start…

Read More
Health Care for Every Child in Head Start
Mel Gravely
11-September-2017

Health Care for Every Child in Head Start

Two places in the Head Start Performance Standards that talk about guiding families with health insurance and Healthcare: 1302.42 Child health status and care. (a) Source of health care. (1) A program, within 30 calendar days after the child first attends the program or, for the home-based program option, receives a home visit, must consult…

Read More
Handling Medical Emergencies in Head Start
Mel Gravely
23-August-2017

Handling Medical Emergencies in Head Start

“His face is blowing up!” “Call 911! There’s tons of blood!” “She’s fainting!” These situations are every early childhood director’s nightmare. Head Start staff, however, is prepared for this possibility. Medical emergencies can happen because of injuries, chronic health conditions, or unexpected major illness. No matter how bad the injury, keeping a clear head can…

Read More
Parent Engagement Still Key in the New Performance Standards
Mel Gravely
03-April-2017

Parent Engagement Still Key in the New Performance Standards

While the New Head Start Performance Standards are not brief, they are somewhat lighter than the old. The numbers of the standard have been reorganized with many standards removed, to reduce the bureaucratic burden. According to Blanca Enriquez, Director of the Office of Head Start, “The new standards for the program will reduce the current…

Read More
Advisory Committees: Are you in?
Mel Gravely
30-January-2017

Advisory Committees: Are you in?

One new and exciting part of the new Head Start Performance Standards is a section on Advisory Committees. Now remember, this is still part of the program governance section – 1301.2 Governing Body (aka your board). I quote: “Advisory committees. (1) A governing body may establish advisory committees as it deems necessary for effective governance…

Read More
2016 Year in Review
Mel Gravely
14-December-2016

2016 Year in Review

2016 was another roller coaster year for Head Start programs. In November, the finalized changes to the Head Start Performance Standards took effect. Many changes have a schedule of implementation, with the most impactful change – providing full school days to 100% of slots – expected to be in place by 2021. There were also…

Read More
To Do List for Your Policy Council
Mel Gravely
10-December-2016

To Do List for Your Policy Council

The new Head Start Performance Standards didn’t change much on the area of the policy council/committees. Since this was already revised in the Head start Act, it largely remained the same. Establishing policy councils and policy committees. “Each agency must establish and maintain a policy council responsible for the direction of the Head Start program…

Read More
Training Your Governing Body and Policy Council
Mel Gravely
09-November-2016

Training Your Governing Body and Policy Council

Training takes front and center stage in Head Start. In order to run a fully compliant Head Start program, I’m sure you’ve realized by now that plenty of training is needed. What does the governing body need to know? In Part 1301.5, I quote “An agency must provide appropriate training and technical assistance or orientation…

Read More