The Center for Policy, Data, and Research is committed to strengthening dialogue and partnerships between Head Start programs and the research community. Find out what the research priorities of the Head Start field are and how you can work with available data and program partnerships to answer them.
The Center for Policy, Data, and Research has worked with the Head Start community to establish a Policy Agenda that outlines our priorities and has laid out formal recommendations on many of the policy issues that are most pressing. Explore the Center to find additional state-by-state data and research on the true impact of Head Start.
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Did you know? In the 2014-2015 school year, 96.6% of children in Head Start had access to a stable medical home by the end of the school year.
During the 2014-2015 school year, 513,022 parents attended parenting classes through Head Start.
The Pain of Cuts - Programs served 52,984 fewer children and pregnant women in 2013-2014 than 2012-2013 because of the sequester.
Reaching the most vulnerable! Head Start and Early Head Start agencies served 1,083,471 children in 2014-2015.
On May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor issued a final rule, the "Overtime" Rule. The Final Rule focuses on distinguishing overtime-eligible employees from those who are exempt from overtime pay. Follow the link to access resources that are specific to Head Start.
In 2016, Congress appropriated $294 million to help Head Start programs offer more hours of services without cutting kids. In April the Office of Head Start released guidance about applying for funds for extended duration.
In January 2016, NHSA released "Moneyball for Head Start: Using Data, Evidence, and Evaluation to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families" in partnership with Results for America, Bellwether Education Partners, and The Volcker Alliance. The report addresses policy strategies for enhancing the use of data to improve outcomes in Head Start programs.
In September 2015, NHSA released "Analysis of the Designation Renewal System: Cohorts One to Three" and hosted a Symposium to discuss concrete solutions to the unintended consequences of DRS in its first three cycles. Follow this link to read the report and join the conversation about DRS reform!
In June 2015, HHS released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Head Start Program Performance Standards. Follow the link below to read more about the NPRM and to join the conversation about providing comments.