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NHSA Initiative
Quality Initiative
Head Start Performance Excellence and Quality Recognition Program

Review Process

A panel of professionals with extensive knowledge of and experience in Head Start will review the application components and evidence and score the 41 NHSA Quality Indicators to determine if the program has met the NHSA Quality Initiative criteria. 

After the review and scoring process--the Application Review--is complete, Program of Achievement applicants will be contacted with the outcome of the review.

Program of Excellence applicants will receive an On-site Review following the Application Review. Review decisions will be shared after the completion of the On-site Review.

 

Renewing the Quality Initiative Designation

Program of Achievement-Provisional level: There is no renewal for the Program of Achievement - Provisional level. A Letter of Intent to apply for the Program of Achievement - Sustaining level is due not later than three months prior to the designation end date.

Program of Achievement-Sustaining level: A Letter of Intent to apply for the Quality Initiative is due not later than nine months before the designation end date. The renewal application is due not later than six months prior to the designation end date.

Program of Excellence: A Letter of Intent to apply for the Quality Initiative is due not later than nine months before the designation end date. The renewal application is due not later than six months prior to the designation end date.

 

Quality Tier Program of Achievement Program of Excellence
  Provisional Sustaining  
Designation Term 12 months 5 years 5 years
Letter of Intent to Application due date 3 months prior to designation end date 9 months prior to designation end date 9 months prior to designation end date
Renewal Application Due  N/A 6 months prior to designation ending date 6 months prior to designation ending date

 

 

Designation Revocation

In order to preserve the high standards of the NHSA Quality Initiative, Programs of Achievement (Provisional and Sustaining levels) and Programs of Excellence are expected to remain in full compliance with the Head Start Program Performance Standards and other regulations throughout the entire designation term. NHSA Quality Initiative designated programs are responsible for notifying NHSA immediately of any occurrence (e.g., non-compliance, deficiency, audit finding, or legal action) that may negatively impact the status of their designation. NHSA reserves the right to temporarily suspend or permanently revoke designations from any program that no longer meets the full requirements of the NHSA Quality Initiative.

In the event that the designation as a Program of Achievement (Provisional or Sustaining level) or a Program of Excellence is revoked no amount of the application fee will be refunded.