Head Start Community Needs Assessment
We are partnering with the Northeast Kingdom Head Start Program (Orleans, Essex and Caledonia) to build
out a reporting tool that meets the Head Start requirement to publish a community needs assessment report.
This reporting function would serve as a tool for all Vermontís seven Head Start agencies AND all Vermonters
to use in their assessment, planning and continuous improvement efforts. The Head Start performance standards
state: Each Early Head Start and Head Start grantee must conduct a Community Assessment within its service area
once every three years. The Community Assessment must include the collection and analysis of the following
information about the grantee's Early Head Start or Head Start area:
(1) The demographic make-up of Head Start eligible children and families, including their estimated number, geographic location, and racial and ethnic composition;
(2) Other child development and child care programs that are serving Head Start eligible children, including publicly funded State and local preschool programs, and the approximate number of Head Start eligible children served by each;
(3) The estimated number of children with disabilities four years old or younger, including types of disabilities and relevant services and resources provided to these children by community agencies;
(4) Data regarding the education, health, nutrition and social service needs of Head Start eligible children and their families;
(5) The education, health, nutrition and social service needs of Head Start eligible children and their families as defined by families of Head Start eligible children and by institutions in the community that serve young children;
(6) Resources in the community that could be used to address the needs of Head Start eligible children and their families, including assessments of their availability and accessibility.