(2016, September; Updated June 2023) | Useful to Parent Centers and early childhood programs in understanding the latest research on early childhood development, brain science, and best practices.
The Final Rule for the New Head Start Program Performance Standards was published in the Federal Register on September 6, 2016. Effective starting November 2016, the updates reflect best practices and the latest research on early childhood development and brain science. This is the first comprehensive revision of the Standards since they were originally published in 1975. To learn more, see:
Introducing the New Head Start Program Performance Standards | A collection of related resources, including a fact sheet, questions and answers, a quick summary of the new standards, and more.
An Exciting Day For Head Start | A blog post by Head Start Director Blanca Enriquez
Presenting the New Head Start Program Performance Standards | Includes a webcast of Office of Head Start leadership introducing the new standards.