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This document contains the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Head Start Program Performance Standards, appearing in the April 22, 1996 "Federal Register." The Administration for Children, Youth, and Families issued this notice to implement the statutory provisions for establishing program performance standards for early Head Start grantees and agencies providing services to eligible children and families. This proposed rule implements the statutory provisions of the 1994 amendments to the Head Start Act (42 U.S.C. 9801). The following sections are included: (1) "Summary," describing the Head Start program and Head Start Act; (2) "The Head Start Program," including comprehensive services, parent involvement and family focus, and community partnerships; (3) "Legislative and Programmatic History"; (4) "Consultation and the Development of the NPRM"; (5) "Approach of the Proposed Rule," detailing scope and themes; (6) "Summary of the Proposed Regulation," describing objectives of the performance standards; (7) "Section by Section Discussion of the NPRM," including general objectives, the assessment process, parent involvement, medical and dental health assessment, developmental and behavioral assessment, individualization of the program, and staff qualifications. Other regulatory changes and implications are discussed, including Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980, and the Paperwork Reduction Act. A policy group responsibilities chart is appended. (BGC)

Descriptors: Behavioral Objectives, Educational Legislation, Educational Objectives, Evaluation Criteria, Federal Legislation, Performance, Preschool Education, Standards, Young Children

Autor: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families DHHS, Washington, DC. Head Start Bureau.


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