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Head Start Program Performance Standards

Title I Preschool Programs handout for Web site

Code of Federal Regulations]
[Title 45, Volume 4, Parts 1200 to End]
[Revised as of October 1, 2000]
From the U.S. Government Printing Office via GPO Access
[CITE: 45CFR1304.21]
[Page 178-179]

Title 45--Public Welfare

Chapter XIII--Office of Human Development Services, Department of Health and Human Services

Part 1304--Program Performance Standards for the Operation of Head Start Programs by Grantee and Delegate Agencies

Sec. 1304.21  Education and early childhood development.

Child Development and Education Approach for All Children

In order to help children gain the social competence, skills, and confidence necessary to be prepared to succeed in their present environment and with later responsibilities in school and life, grantee and delegate agencies' approach to child development and education must:

Parents must be:

Grantee and delegate agencies must support social and emotional development by:

Grantee and delegate agencies must provide for the development of each child's cognitive and language skills by:

In center-based settings, grantee and delegate agencies must promote each child's physical development by:

In home-based settings, grantee and delegate agencies must encourage parents to appreciate the importance of physical development, provide opportunities for children's outdoor and indoor active play, and guide children in the safe use of equipment and materials.

Child Development and Education Approach for Infants and Toddlers

Grantee and delegate agencies' program of services for infants and toddlers must encourage (see 45 CFR 1304.3(a)(5) for a definition of curriculum):

Grantee and delegate agencies must support the social and emotional development of infants and toddlers by promoting an environment that:

Grantee and delegate agencies must promote the physical development of infants and toddlers by:

Child Development and Education Approach for Preschoolers

Grantee and delegate agencies, in collaboration with the parents, must implement a curriculum (see 45 CFR 1304.3(a)(5)) that:

Staff must use a variety of strategies to promote and support children's learning and developmental progress based on the observations and ongoing assessment of each child (see 45 CFR 1304.20(b), 1304.20(d), and 1304.20(e)).

[61 FR 57210, Nov. 5, 1996, as amended at 63 FR 2313, Jan. 15, 1998]

Prepared by the California Department of Education Title I Policy and Program Guidance Office

Questions: Nancy Bodenhausen | nbodenhausen@cde.ca.gov | 916-445-4904 
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