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Strengthen Program Quality

The new Head Start Performance Standards have been released! This is the first comprehensive review of the performance standards since they were originally published in 1972.

With the many new changes, we know you’re under unprecedented permission to meet program performance standards. We can help!

Below, you’ll find research-based books and reliable screening and assessment tools, all aligned with the goals for the regulations mapped out by the Head Start Performance Standards. Many of them have FREE downloads you can print and use right away; you’ll find them on the Resource tab on each product’s page.

Explore below to discover how these books and tools help you strengthen program quality and meet your most urgent goals.

See the full list of our products that help you strengthen program quality & school readiness

Complete developmental screening

The updated Head Start Performance Standards still requires developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate screening for developmental, behavioral, motor, language, social, cognitive, and emotional skills. Improve your screening program and catch delays with our trusted ASQ tool and helpful guides to successful screening.

Conduct regular assessment

Follow your screenings with in-depth assessment to determine a child’s functioning in key developmental areas—and use that information to plan activities and supports.

Support social and emotional well-being

Monitor social-emotional progress in children aged birth to 5—screen with the parent-completed ASQ:SE-2 and follow up on concerns with the SEAM assessment

Parent and Family Engagement

Develop strong, trusting partnerships with parents and help them identify their goals, strengths, and required supports. These reliable tools and resources and can help!

Strengthen Early Childhood Education

Provide the best staff training