NHSA is working quickly to review the NPRM for the Head Start Program Performance Standards and wants to be sure our comments represent what is best for children and families, what is feasible for programs to implement, and the resources programs need to continue to be leaders in early childhood care and education. While the standards are designed for flexibility and based on firm research, the rapid expansion of full-day services and numerous other changes require careful consideration and response by the entire Head Start and Early Head Start field. The Office of Head Start recently announced an extension of the comment period to September 17th, and NHSA plans to make good use of this extra time to engage Head Start staff and families returning from summer break!
Over the course of the comment period, our process will consist of:
We welcome your thoughts and feedback over the next few weeks. NHSA will be preparing extensive comments and if you and your colleagues support our comments we hope you will consider signing on. Because our goal is to have comments ready by the end of August, please don't wait to send us any input! Reach out to Cody Kornack at firstname.lastname@example.org.