NHSA Files Revision Recommendations for HSPPS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In advance of the deadline for submitting comments in response to the Notice of Proposed Rule Making for revised Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS), 1,200 Head Start practitioners and advocates – including every national, regional, and state Head Start Association representing all Head Start grantees – signed on to the National Head Start Association’s recommendations filed with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Head Start. The following statement should be attributed to Yasmina Vinci, Executive Director of the National Head Start Association:

“After three months of collaboration, we are pleased to submit revision recommendations that have been embraced by the entire Head Start community. The recommendations reflect a shared enthusiasm for revising the dated HSPPS and include suggestions about how the proposed Standards might be strengthened, clarified, and revised to support successful implementation. The broad community support for these suggestions demonstrates a collective agreement about what would be best for Head Start children and families, what is feasible for program implementation, and what resources programs will need to build on Head Start’s  legacy of providing high-quality early learning opportunities. We look forward to working with the Administration and Congress to ensure the revised HSPPS strengthen and expand Head Start’s comprehensive approach to early learning for our nation’s most vulnerable children and families.”

Download a summary of NHSA’s major positions HSPPS recommendations.

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The National Head Start Association is committed to the belief that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to succeed in school and in life. The opportunities offered by Head Start lead to healthier, empowered children and families, and stronger, more vibrant communities. NHSA is the voice for more than 1 million children, 270,000 staff and 1,600 Head Start grant recipients in the United States. ••• Media Contact: Emily Wagner, Director of Communications, media@nhsa.org

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