Head Start committed to High-Quality Standards

First A.M.E child development center prides itself on offering the highest quality in early start development programs.

First A.M.E in Seattle WA offers early head start, head start, and home based programs.  We believe these programs are the starting point of a strong foundation for children and parents in helping children live successful lives.

Here is an article from Politico that goes over the standards that each of the Head Start programs must meet.  We are honored to be able to provide the type of high-quality program that is expected by the administration.

POLITICORenewing our commitment to kidshead start programs in seattle waIn 46 years, Head Start has changed the lives of more than 28 million children and families. It sets the stage for everything that follows in life by helping children build a strong foundation for success in school and providing parents with the tools needed to become strong advocates for their children.President Barack Obama announced new performance standards for the program last year. He visited Pennsylvania’s Yeadon Regional Head Start program in November, where he shared the important news for parents: The administration is evaluating Head Start programs against a set of clear, high expectations and will hold programs accountable if they aren’t making the grade.

Many Head Start grantees deliver high-quality services to children. For those meeting the highest standards, the federal government will renew the Head Start program grant. If a program doesn’t meet the education, health, safety and financial management standards, however, it will have to compete with others in the community for funding to provide Head Start services.

The organization that can provide the highest quality services will be awarded the funding. Whoever is awarded funding will then be held accountable, like all other grantees, to the highest standards.

Competition is key to Head Start reform and necessary for improving the quality of the services provided directly to children and families. A current grantee who is required to compete has the opportunity and incentive to step back, assess the program and develop ambitious plans for improvement. It means when there is another organization that can demonstrate it is more capable than the current grantee of delivering the high-quality early education that can help children onto a path of school success and opportunity, that organization will get the federal funding.

That’s what this approach is about: making sure more children benefit from first-rate early education programs. Head Start represents our commitment to America’s low-income infants, toddlers and preschoolers. It helps them become healthy kindergartners, with the academic and social skills they need to succeed in school and beyond.

……to see full article please visit the Politico site below

See http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0412/75360.html

Yvette Sanchez Fuentes is director of the Office of Head Start at the Department of Health and Human Services

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