North Carolina Head Start Association

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Head Start Program Performance Standards

The Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) are the regulations that govern Head Start programs. The HSPPS outline mandatory requirements for grantees to ensure that all Head Start programs provide high quality, comprehensive services that support school readiness.

Parent Family Community Engagement Framework

The Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (PFCE) Framework is a road map for progress. It can be used in program-wide strategic planning, program design and management, continuous learning and improvement activities, as well as with governing bodies and parent groups.

Early Learning Outcomes Framework

The Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five (ELOF) presents five broad areas of early learning, referred to as central domains. The framework is designed to show the continuum of learning for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. It is grounded in comprehensive research around what young children should know and be able to do during their early years.

Head Start Monitoring Protocols

Head Start monitoring protocols are used by the Office of Head Start (OHS) to gather data and other information to assess grant recipient program operation and performance. Reviews are held for the Classroom Assessment Scoring System Reviews (CLASS®), Focus Area One (FA1), and Focus Area Two (FA2).

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