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§ 1304.51 Management systems and procedures
Section 1304.51 of the Head Start Program Performance Standards outlines the requirements for the development of key management systems, including procedures for ongoing monitoring.

Program Governance: Documents and Reports
This resource provides a list of documents and reports typically used with Policy Councils or governing bodies to support their roles in program governance and decision-making.

Tips for Establishing an Effective Communication System
Head Start programs may find this tip sheet useful when establishing and implementing required communication systems to ensure the timely and accurate delivery of information to parents, policy groups, staff, and the general community.


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Head Start Management Systems
This chart lists the Head Start Management Systems that are directly related to successful outcomes for children, families, and programs.


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What Head Start Leaders
Need to Know

Use this online directory to find essential program resources designed to link Head Start and Early Head Start leaders and managers to important information relevant to their daily work.

Events & Conferences

Feb. 4-6, 2013
Region IV Head Start Association 2013 Annual Conference
Atlanta, GA

Feb. 19, 2013
West Virginia Head Start Association Region III Health Managers Institute
Morgantown, WV

Mar. 17-21, 2013
32nd Native American Child and Family Conference
Albuquerque, NM

Apr. 9-11, 2013
2013 Annual New England Head Start Conference
Stowe, VT

Contact Us

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Last Reviewed: November 2012

Last Updated: February 5, 2013