Head Start and Early Head Start local agencies have helped homeless families for many years. With their comprehensive service model, our programs are uniquely designed to serve these families.
The latest Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) released in November 2016 include a provision [§1302.15(c)] that allows Head Start and Early Head Start programs to reserve one or more enrollment slots (up to 3% of the funded enrollment) for pregnant women and children experiencing homelessness in their service areas for a period of 30 days when a vacancy occurs. This provision complements the aforementioned regulations of the Head Start Act and can serve as part of a program’s broader strategy for serving children and families experiencing homelessness.
Furthermore, local program leaders report challenges in reaching and impacting this community in a meaningful manner. Here in Region 9, and across the nation, services to homeless families are complex and require innovation, new partnerships, and resources.
In June 2019, programs from across the region gathered to discuss this issue and explore challenges and solutions. “A Conversation: Services to Families Experiencing Homelessness” is our report from this gathering: Click to view full report.
R9HSA produced the following commentary appearing in the Sacramento Bee that details a family’s rise out of homelessness, thanks to local programs like Head Start and SETA. Click here to read article.
I have been to management workshops, not leadership training. This has totally changed my perspective and encouraged me to propel forward in developing my skills.
I am honored and humbled to be a recipient of the Region 9 Head Start Association’s Legacy Scholarship. The scholarship helped me get one step closer to achieving my goal of becoming a Head Start Director.
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The HR Network was an excellent opportunity to network and learn the best practices from other HR professionals within Head Start programs. You will be amazed by the level of talent and experience of the participants.
The Summer Camp training was powerful and inspiring! Each presenter was very engaging, it’s hard to even pick a favorite session!
The Leadership Challenge training was very relevant to my work as a Head Start leader! Great facilitation; stayed with the program yet allowed time for individual and small group reflections.
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