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NHSA Statement on Extension of Comment Period on NPRM for the Head Start Program Performance Standards

August 11, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC  Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that it has extended the comment period on the Notice of Proposed Rule Making for revised Head Start Program Performance Standards by 30 days. The announcement will be published in the Federal Register on Wednesday August 12, 2015 and the new deadline for comments is September 17, 2015.

The following statement should be attributed to Yasmina Vinci, Executive Director of the National Head Start Association.

“We applaud the progress being made toward finalizing the Head Start Performance Standards and are delighted that the comment period has been extended to give the entire Head Start community more time to share valuable feedback and expertise on the proposed changes. The 30 day extension is an important step in ensuring the Final Rule for Performance Standards represents what is best for our children and families, what is feasible for programs to implement, and what resources programs need to continue Head Start’s legacy of high-quality early childhood care and education. For 50 years, Head Start has served as the leading national model for the delivery of quality, comprehensive early childhood education. The National Head Start Association is committed to working with all Head Start programs to continue to lead the way in expanding opportunity for our nation's most vulnerable children and families.”