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Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007

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Context

The Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 authorizes the national Head Start program, which provides comprehensive developmental services, including health, nutritional, educational, social and other services, to economically disadvantaged preschool children and their families.

Legislation


Final Regulations | Guidance | Memoranda

Download the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Head Start Program Performance Standards (45 C.F.R. Chapter XIII Subchapter B; September 2016)
Download the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Head Start Program Performance Standards - With References to Homeless Children Highlighted (45 C.F.R. Chapter XIII Subchapter B; compiled by NCHE, September 2016)
Download the federal interagency Policy Statement on Meeting the Needs of Families with Young Children Experiencing and At Risk of Homelessness (October 2016)

Resources

Head Start Impact Study and Follow-up, 2000-2013
This Congressionally-mandated study, conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, quantifies the impact of Head Start separately for 3- and 4-year-old children across child cognitive, social-emotional, and health domains as well as on parenting practices.
Download Head Start Impact Study and Follow-up, 2000-2013.

Head Start Program Information Report (PIR)
This annual report, compiled by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, shares data collected by Head Start and Early Head Start Programs about the families they serve. Specific data elements about the number of families and children experiencing homelessness receiving services are included.
Access the Office of Head Start's Program Information Report.

Office of Head Start Transportation Resources
Head Start programs are not required to provide transportation services; however, when they do, they must comply with key regulations. Explore these resources from the Office of Head Start to support programs in the safe and efficient movement of children from one point to another. Find materials on transportation services, coordination options, vehicles, child safety restraints, and other requirements.
Visit the Office of Head Start Transportation Resources webpage.

Supporting Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness
This interactive learning series from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is intended for professionals in Head Start, Early Head Start, and child care, including early childhood and school-age child care providers, CCDF Lead Agency or designated entity staff, and other key stakeholders. Learn how to identify families experiencing homelessness, conduct community outreach, and much more.
Visit the Supporting Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness learning module webpage.


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The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) is the U.S. Department of Education's technical assistance center for the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program. NCHE is housed at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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