American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey 2019 (AI/AN FACES 2019) Highlights
Since 1997, the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES) has been a regular source of nationally representative data on Head Start programs, centers, classrooms, children, and families. Until the 2015–2016 program year, however, FACES had not been conducted in Region XI AI/AN Head Start programs. This was due in part to the time and resources required to engage in the intensive community-based planning and implementation process needed to successfully carry out the study in partnership with Region XI Head Start programs and communities. In 2015, the American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Family Experiences Survey (AI/AN FACES) was the first national study of Region XI American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Head Start children, families, and programs. The next American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey 2019 (AI/AN FACES 2019) will provide the latest information about Region XI and reflect current policy and program practices, with a particular focus on children’s school readiness skills.
AI/AN FACES 2015 Briefs | A Portrait of Children and Families and Children's Growth and Development
Two new briefs utilizing data from the AI/AN Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey 2015 are now available!
A Year in Region XI Head Start: Children’s Growth and Development from the American Indian and Alaska native Family and Child Experiences Survey 2015 – link here
Region XI American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start: A Portrait of Children and Families – link here
Additional resources can be found on the AI/AN FACES page of the ACF/OPRE website here.
Early Head Start Expansion and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Grants
*Grant Applications are due November 30th* The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announces the availability of approximately $140 million to be competitively awarded for the purpose of expanding access to high-quality, comprehensive services to low-income infants and toddlers and their families through Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships, or through the expansion of Early Head Start services. ACF will solicit applications from public entities, including states, or private non-profit organizations, including community-based or faith-based organizations, or for-profit agencies that meet eligibility for applying as stated in section 645A of the Head Start Act. Interested applicants may email EHS.CCPartnerships@acf.hhs.gov for additional information.
OHS encourages interested applicants to visit https://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/howto#chapter-4. This webpage provides information on applying for grants, registering and applying through Grants.gov, submitting an application, and understanding the grant review process.
ACF-PI-HS-18-05: Supplemental Funds Available to Increase Program Hours in Head Start and Early Head Start
The highly anticipated program instruction (PI) for extended duration was released by the federal Office of Head Start on Monday (September 10th). The PI makes up to $295 million available to Head Start and Early Head Start grantees looking to provide more in-class hours for enrolled children.
Here’s a quick recap of the facts:
The Office of Head Start (OHS) released a Program Instruction (AKA a notice) that announces the availability of funding for Head Start and/or Early Head Start grantees looking to provide more in-class time for children.
The PI was announced Monday. The due date is December 1st, and we can expect awards to be finalized by March 1st. Please note that you are required to submit an “Amendment to Increase Program Hours” in the Head Start Enterprise System (HSES) should you be interested in applying. Details are available in the HSES.
OHS wrote the instruction to include funds that were provided by Congress for extended duration in Fiscal Year 2018 and any additional funds that Congress might ultimately include for extended duration in the pending final Fiscal Year 2019 agreement. We should not expect another round of awards next year.
Office of Head Start Final Ruling for Delay of Compliance
The Department of Health & Human Services has issued a final rule which delays the compliance date for two requirements of the new Head Start Program Performance Standards. The rule delays implementation of new background check procedures and the date for programs to participate in Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS). The delay acknowledges that programs will be more successful if given more time to implement these particular requirements. For more information, click here.
A National Overview of Grantee CLASS® Scores in 2016
During the 2015–2016 program year, the Office of Head Start (OHS) used the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS®) Pre-K Teacher-Child Observation Instrument during its on-site reviews of grantees. CLASS®-reliable reviewers visited a random sample of preschool classrooms to obtain grantee-level scores. For more information use the following link
Report to Congress on American Indian and Alaska
Native Head Start Facilities, FY 2015
This report is provided in response to a mandate by Congress in the Head Start Act, §650(b), as amended on December 12, 2007. The Act requires that the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services submit a report on the facilities of Indian Head Start agencies to the Committee on Education and the Workforce of the House of Representatives and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions at least once during every five-year period. The report is required to provide the condition, location, and ownership of facilities used or available to be used by Indian Head Start agencies (including Alaska Native Head Start agencies) and Native Hawaiian Head Start agencies. This report focuses solely on American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Head Start agencies providing AI/AN Head Start services since the Office of Head Start (OHS) did not provide funding to agencies designated as Native Hawaiian during Fiscal Year (FY) 2015.
Read the report here.