Region V Head Start Conference

Posted by Julie Stone on June 30, 2015 under News | Be the First to Comment


The 2015 Region V Leadership and Professional Development Conference comes at a time when the need for outstanding leadership in Head Start and early childhood education is at an all time high, and when the need for high levels of professionalism and professional development  in Head Start is anchored in national, regional and state initiatives and priorities. 

The future of Head Start is in our hands and how we approach ensuring its success is a critical part of the leadership challenges we face.

This Conference will focus on these leadership challenges.  We have partnered with both the Office of Head Start and the Regional Office to identify pressing issues related to program design and management; fiscal operations; component area service delivery and parent involvement. 

The Region V Conference will provide the unique opportunity for participants to engage with Regional Office staff to address national, regional and state specific issues.

Visit for more information about conference content, schedule, sponsorship opportunities and more!

Click here for conference brochure and registration information

Click here to make reservations at the Hyatt Regency 

Head Start Performance Standards – Proposed Rules

Posted by Julie Stone on June 22, 2015 under News

This Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposes to update Head Start program performance standards, last revised in 1998, to meet Congress’s requirements and improve the quality of Head Start. In the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007, Congress instructed the Office of Head Start to update its performance standards by regulation and “ensure that any such revisions in the standards [do] not result in the elimination of or any reduction in quality, scope, or types of health, educational, parental involvement, nutritional, social, or other services.”

Click here for Federal Register posting (with ability to download full PDF of Proposed Rules)

Click here for related resources in ECLKC – Program Instruction, Overview and Fact Sheet, Slides from NPRM Overview Webinar and more.

Comment period ends August 18, 2015.

Conscious Discipline Special Event

Posted by Julie Stone on June 18, 2015 under News

cdCreating Brain Smart® Classrooms and Head Start Programs Using Conscious Discipline®

August 10-11, 2015

Doubletree Worthington – 175 Hutchinson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43235

In this two day training, participants will have the opportunity to become acquainted with Conscious Discipline® or upgrade their current understanding of this highly effective social emotional curriculum for classrooms and Head Start Programs.

Intended audience:  Head Start Administrators, Teachers and Assistant Teachers

As a result of this event, participants will be able to utilize the Seven Skills and Powers of Conscious Discipline® in their Head Start programs and in their classrooms to help build a connected School Family™ where willingness, memory and learning can be maximized.

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INSTRUCTORS: Kim Hughes, Conscious Connections, Susan Dunn, Certified Conscious Discipline Instructor, Renee Sutherland, Certified Instructor, Peg Tazewell, Knox County Head Start





2015 Transportation Training Day

Posted by Julie Stone on June 17, 2015 under News

schoolbus09The 2015 OHSAI Transportation Training Day will take place on Thursday, August 20th from 9:30am to 2:45pm at the Doubletree in Worthington, Ohio.

This interactive training is geared toward Head Start Transportation Managers, Drivers and Monitors and will address these topics:

  • State Highway Patrol – Updates and Roles
  • The Importance of Transportation Services
  • Relationships Matter

The event is designed to meet the four hour ODE Annual Inservice Training requirement for bus drivers and bus aides as described in Ohio’s Pupil Transportation Operation and Safety Rules (3301-83-10(B)).

Click here to access Doubletree reservations page.


Notice of Proposed Rule Making: Head Start Program Performance Standards

Posted by Julie Stone on June 16, 2015 under News


FROM 6/16/15 PROGRAM INSTRUCTION:  A Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) to revise the Head Start Program Performance Standards was published in the Federal Register on Friday, June 19, 2015. The central goal of this NPRM is to strengthen program performance standards so that all programs provide the highest quality comprehensive services. The bipartisan Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 called for a review and revision of the Program Performance Standards to ensure that all Head Start programs provide high quality, comprehensive services that lead to strong outcomes for Head Start children. This proposed rule does just that—sets a high bar for Head Start quality.

The NPRM proposes to strengthen program services, to reorganize, streamline, and reduce bureaucratic burden on local programs, and to improve the clarity and transparency of program requirements—all to ultimately improve outcomes. The proposed Performance Standards set higher standards for curriculum, staff development, and program duration based on research and effective practice. At the same time, the proposed rule makes program requirements easier for current and future program leaders to understand, and reduces administrative burden so that Head Start directors can focus on delivering high-quality early learning programs that put children onto a path of success. The proposed standards maintain and strengthen Head Start’s commitment to comprehensive services, including health and family engagement, which are central to helping children succeed and are a hallmark of Head Start.

In developing the direction and content of the proposed revisions, the Office of Head Start (OHS) consulted extensively with grantees, as well as agency staff, parents, and representatives of Indian tribes. OHS also consulted with subject matter experts and a broad range of federal and national organizations with particular expertise and longstanding involvement in early childhood education and Head Start.

This proposed rule seeks to take an important next milestone in the program’s history by creating a set of Performance Standards that result in stronger Head Start programs and better outcomes for children and families. The benefits of these proposed changes will be significant for the children and families Head Start serves. These changes are central to the Administration’s early learning efforts to ensure that all children start school ready to succeed.

The next critical step in this process is for OHS to hear from you. OHS is soliciting your feedback, and will use these comments in making decisions for a final rule. The NPRM, as well as summary materials and a link to submit comments, are available on the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) website under Policy & Regulation