HHS Announces Head Start Recompetition Rules

Sep 21, 2010

Today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced new proposed rules that will require lower performing Head Start programs to compete for continued funding. At least 25 percent of grantees will be required to recompete for funds each year. This announcement is part of HHS's ongoing efforts to ensure that Head Start continues to provide high-quality comprehensive programs for the nation's most vulnerable children. Recompetition is intended to ensure that Head Start programs are held accountable for the very high standards established for the program. 

HHS also announced four new national training and technical assistance centers to support local Head Start programs in meeting the program's high standards. The centers will identify and disseminate evidence-based best practices. Coaches and mentors will also be placed in Head Start programs to provide training and technical assistance to teachers and directors. 

Finally, 10 exceptional Head Start programs are being named Centers of Excellence, which will serve as models and provide technical assistance for other early childhood programs. 

Read the proposed rules in the Federal Register. Public comments may be submitted at http://www.regulations.gov/ (Search for Proposed Rule) within 90 days.

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