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OHS Releases Enrollment Expectations for 2021-2022 School Year

Summer is the time for planning. And after the confusion and societal upheaval of the last year, this upcoming school year is going to take more planning than usual. The Office of Head Start (OHS) recently released a program instruction outlining their enrollment expectations for the upcoming school year. In short, it states that designees…

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Resources to Help Grantees Understand Final Rule on Head Start Eligibility

The Final Rule on Head Start Eligibility codifies statutory eligibility requirements revised in the Improving Head Start Act of 2007 and strengthens procedures programs use to determine eligibility. It provides programs with clear instructions on how to determine if families are either income or categorically eligible for Head Start services. The Rule provides a balanced…

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What is Toxic Stress and How Does it Affect Children in Head Start?

We often hear studies on the nightly news about how stress affects the health of adults, leading to an increase in heart disease, cancer, and other chronic conditions. Until recently, less research has been available on how stress affects children. But the field is growing. The U.S. Administration for Children and Families has launched a…

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