The Office of Head Start on Monday, November 20 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 the 2015 reauthorization. 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. Head Start programs used our collective voice to exert compelling influence over the last reauthorization – we aim to do the same now.
Head Start California will be submitting formal written comments on the proposed new rules. To guide our comments, we invite you to participate in a Zoom meeting to share your thoughts with us on Thursday, December 7 at 2PM or Wednesday, January 3 at 10AM. We are also working closely with our partners at the National Head Start Association and encourage you to complete this NHSA survey to share your concerns. NHSA will be sharing survey responses with us, and we will use your feedback submitted in the listening sessions and survey to craft our comments. 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