To be eligible to apply for participation in the NHSA Quality Initiative a Head Start program must:
The NHSA Quality Initiative application period is open year round; therefore, applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.
A Letter of Intent should be submitted to indicate the program's intent to apply for the NHSA Quality Initiative. The application content can be found in the Quality Initiative Guidelines and Application Content (PDF) located on this page. After payment has been received, the program will be given access to an online application tool in which responses will be submitted.
The Letter of Intent should state:
The Letter of Intent should be on the program’s letterhead and can be e-mailed to Carleen Wallington Kinlock, NHSA Professional Development Project Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Responses to the application components will be submitted using an online tool. Upon receipt of the application fee, access to the online tool will be sent to the indentified QI contact person(s).
Programs will have four (4) months to complete the application. The deadline date will be set by NHSA and e-mailed to the identified QI contact person(s).
|Head Start Funding||Program of Achievement (Provisional)||Program of Achievement (Sustaining)||Program of Excellence|
|$1m to $3m||$1735||$3780||$5935|
|$3m to $10m||$1735||$3780||$5935|
|$10m to $25m||$1875||$4085||$7975|
|$25m to $40m||$2010||$4385||$10,000|
|$40m to $60m||$2010||$4385||$10,000|
Please note that application fees are non-refundable.
All Quality Initiative Program of Achievement-Sustaining Level and Program of Excellence designees must submit an Annual Report of program eligibility status.
“Outside of its legislative activity, supporting and actively promoting the Quality Initiative is the single most important thing NHSA can do for Head Start programs to support the mission of Head Start.”
~Parents in Community Action, Inc., Head Start, Minneapolis, MN