Head Start Directors have a huge responsibility ensuring their program adheres to all the federal regulations and requirements. And while this task can be overwhelming, it doesn’t have to be! By utilizing resources and being knowledgeable on Focus Area 1 of the Office of Head Start Federal Review Process, you are more prepared when it comes time for your review. Concentrate on what matters most - providing quality services that enhance outcomes in children and families served by your agency!
It's crucial to understand the two Focus Area reviews: FA1 and FA2. The
FA1 and FA2 reviews provide a comprehensive analysis of Head Start programs. FA1 focuses on plans and systems, while FA2 monitors their implementation. Both reviews prioritize data-driven decisions. FA1 focuses on systems and plans for collecting outcome data; the FA2 monitors the implementation plans through analysis of data.
FA1 reviews are held off-site, where relevant documents are reviewed, and in-depth interviews are conducted. On the other hand, FA2 reviews take place on-site, and include observations of all parts of a Head Start program and in-depth interviews. By understanding and preparing for these Focus Area reviews, you can ensure a successful Head Start program that benefits both children and families.