Major Updates Proposed to Head Start Program Performance Standards
On Monday, November 20 the Office of Head Start on issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) with major updates to the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS). This proposal represents the most consequential changes to Head Start since standards were revised in 2016. The 282-page NPRM details 67 proposed new rules and initializes a public comment period that will close on January 19, 2024.
We are confident that by working together, we can make our voices heard. Our community is loud, our community is large, and that makes our community powerful. We recognize that the proposed changes are very positive however we are cautious because these changes would be unfunded mandates if taken into effect, and we are still in a Continuing Resolution and waiting for Congress to pass the FY24 budget.
The Virginia Head Start Association will be submitting formal written comments on the proposed new rules. To guide our comments, we will be having numerous conversations with our various service-area networks and directors. We are also working closely with our partners at the National Head Start Association and encourage you to share your concerns. You are also encouraged to submit comments directly on behalf of your program.
Summary of Key Proposed Changes
Following are a selection of particularly impactful changes from the NPRM. Visit this page to view all 67 proposed changes.
Following are resources for you to learn more about the proposed changes.
|OHS Fact Sheet
Executive Order on Increasing Access to High-Quality Care and Supporting Caregivers (impetus for the proposed changes)
|NHSA Overview Webinar
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