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For Local Head Start Programs

Policies On Your Drive 2017 (POD2017)

New Final Rules:  New Policies and Procedures

On September 6, 2016 the Head Start Program Performance Standards were published in the Federal Register, which include 1,306 requirements for Head Start programs. 

How will your program develop policies and procedures that meet all of these requirements? Use Policies On Your Drive 2017

This 686-page Microsoft Word Policies and Procedures Manual:

  • has 440 draft policies and procedures
  • is organized by the structure of the Head Start Program Performance Standards
  • references the regulations related to the policies
  • is useful for both Grantee and program level operations
  • is available in electronic format
  • was developed by word-smithing, policy writing, project management experts
  • makes it easier to formulate, locate, modify, and manage policies and procedures for your Head Start/Early Head Start program.

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PAPA-Up Policies And Procedures Analysis and Updating Process (PAPA-UP) services for Head Start Programs. Working on policies and procedures? Click here for help.

Does your program have a written area plan for Family and Community Partnerships?  Send it to us--and we can share it with other programs.

Based on the Relationship Based Competencies for staff who work with families. See

Click here for information on the Management Institute for Head Start in San Francisco.

The Salary and Benefits Survey Report of Local Head Start Programs 2015 is now available.

Survey participants received a discount on the price of the Report. Non-participants can ask about ordering the Report by sending e-mail to

Read our responses to OHS' "Wage Comparability 101: A Guide for Conducting a Wage and Fringe Benefits Comparability Survey" questions by clicking this link.

Wage and Benefits Comparability Survey We can help you with your Wage and Benefits Comparability Study.

Other Products for Head Start Programs:



Review Ready! 2018 E-File is now available

The electronic file is an Excel workbook available through e-mail or Google Drive that has:

  • The complete text of the Monitoring Protocol review questions, including performance measures,
  • The corresponding Performance Standards, Federal regulations, and Head Start Act requirements spelled out next to their applicable compliance indicators,
  • Space for writing notes regarding:
    • Policy – reference your program’s policies and procedures that meet/exceed the regulation, or note if a policy needs to be modified, approved, or drafted;
    • Governing Body – note actions pending or taken by the Governing Body;
    • PC – list the action/s required or taken by Policy Council or Policy Committee;
    • Corrective Action – note corrective action/s needed or taken;
    • Responsible – indicate who is responsible for the item/corrective action; and
    • Target Date – list the date by which the corrective action is to be completed.

Use the Review Ready! 2018 E-File to:

  • Write notes on what you need to do – and what you have done—to get ready for review on each item;
  • Indicate whether or not you have policies in place;
  • List corrective actions needed or taken;
  • Identify persons responsible for getting your program into compliance;
  • Keep track of what the Governing Body and Policy Council have done or need to do;
  • Specify target dates for completion; and
  • Make sure that every Performance Standard and Federal regulation relating to the Monitoring Protocol is addressed in preparation for your review.

The Review Ready! 2018 Electronic file also gives you:

  • The ability to share the file with program staff and others involved in the review, working on the same master spreadsheets;
  • A carefully formatted file for easier, smarter management of reviewable requirements.


Community Assessment: A How-To Guide for Local Head Start Programs.   Currently being updated.

By Elizabeth W. Morris, Ph.D. 


We can help you with Your Community Assessment




Family Development and Community Partnerships: Summer Institutes


Parent Survey System for local Head Start programs



Hot Links to Sites of Interest to Head Start Programs:

National Head Start Association


ACF/DHHS Head Start Bureau

bulletEarly Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center
bulletParents as Teachers 
bulletKeep kids sun safe! Visit

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