Secretarial Determination To Lower Head Start Center-Based Service Duration Requirement
With this document, the Secretary exercises his authority to waive the August 1, 2019 Head Start center-based service duration requirements, effectively lowering this requirement from 50 percent to 0 percent. However, the requirement that Early Head Start programs provide 1,380 annual hours of planned class operations for all center- based enrollment by August 1, 2018 remains in effect.
CLASS Condition of the Head Start Designation Renewal System
OHS invites public comment on several specific changes being considered for the CLASS condition of the Designation Renewal System (DRS) as outlined in the Head Start Program Performance Standards. We are considering changes to the CLASS condition with a goal of improving implementation and transparency of the DRS. Changes being considered include removal of the ``lowest 10 percent'' provision of the CLASS condition, an increase of the minimum thresholds for the Emotional Support and Classroom Organization domains to a score of 5, removal of the minimum threshold for the Instructional Support domain, and establishment of authority for the Secretary to set an absolute minimum threshold for the Instructional Support domain prior to the start of each fiscal year to be applied for DRS CLASS reviews in the same fiscal year. OHS requests feedback on these possible changes as well as alternative changes to the CLASS condition, particularly ways the Instructional Support threshold could be set and/or adjusted that would incentivize program improvement while acknowledging the current state of the field. OHS also invites feedback on other conditions of the DRS.
Notice of Final Issuance Adopting Administration for Native Americans Program Policies and Procedures
Administration for Native Americans (ANA) is issuing final interpretive rules, general statements of policy and rules of agency organization, procedure, or practice relating to the following six proposed FY2018 Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs): Environmental Regulatory Enhancement (HHS-2018-ACF-ANA-NR-1344); Native American Language Preservation and MaintenanceEsther Martinez Immersion (HHS- 2018-ACF-ANA-NB-1343); Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance (HHS-2018-ACF-NA-NL-1342); Social and Economic Development Strategies (HHS-2018-ACF-ANA-NA-1339); Social and Economic Development StrategiesAlaska (HHS-2018-ACF-ANA-NK-1340); and Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development (HHS-2018-ACF- ANA-NC-1341).
Head Start Program
The Office of Head Start will delay the compliance date for background check procedures and the date for programs to participate in their state or local Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS). Both requirements are described in the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) final rule that was published in the Federal Register on September 6, 2016. We believe programs and states will benefit from more time to fully implement these changes.