September 17, 2015

Submission Supported by Entire Head Start Community

WASHINGTON, DC – In advance of today’s deadline for submitting comments in response to the Notice of Proposed Rule Making for revised Head Start Program Performance Standards, 1200 Head Start practitioners and advocates – including every national, regional, and state Head Start Association representing all Head Start grantees – signed on to the National Head Start Association’s (NHSA) recommendations filed with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Head Start (OHS).

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

 “After three months of collaboration, we are pleased to submit revision recommendations that have been embraced by the entire Head Start community. The recommendations reflect a shared enthusiasm for revising the dated Standards and include suggestions about how the proposed Standards might be strengthened, clarified, and revised to support successful implementation. The broad community support for these suggestions demonstrates a collective agreement about what would be best for Head Start children and families, what is feasible for program implementation, and what resources programs will need to build on Head Start’s 50-year legacy of providing high-quality early learning opportunities. We look forward to working with the Administration and Congress to ensure the revised Standards strengthen and expand Head Start’s comprehensive approach to early learning for our nation’s most vulnerable children and families.