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New Head Start Performance Standards

On Thursday September 1, the Office of Head Start released the New Head Start Performance Standards. The document is long; and it is a lot to digest. But its intent seems clear: “… to capitalize on the advancements in research, available data, program input, public comment, and these recommendations in order to accomplish the critical goal of helping Head Start reach its full potential so more children reach kindergarten ready to succeed.” That is a noble goal – and one to which the entire Head Start community has always aspired. Aligning current programs to these new standards will take time. But if it leads to better outcomes form more children and families, it will be time well spent. Learn more here

SB 792 Vaccination resources

Many Head Start grantees have requested assistance with resources and information regarding Senate Bill 792 vaccination requirements. CHSA - with the assistance of California Head Start State Collaboration Office – has gathered some resources to help local agencies with this requirement. Learn more on CHSA’s Policies and Updates page under “Licensing.”

New Child Care Licensing Resources

The Community Care Licensing Division (CCLD) of the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) has developed more than forty videos – each just a few minutes in length. These well-designed videos address a wide range of topics and are organized into three sections: Parents and Families, Child Care Providers, and Child Care Center Operators. These videos are informational, educational and are an excellent training tool for new employees and a refresher for current employees. For an easy online learning experience on Child Care Licensing, grab some popcorn and go to

Crosswalk of Requirements for Infant/Toddler Teachers

OHS no longer determining state level equivalency for national CDA requirements. Instead, OHS recently invited CHSA to assist grantees by creating a crosswalk between the California Associate Teacher Permit for infant/toddler teachers and the CDA. A team of CHSA board members recently completed this analysis: CDA equivalency in California for infant toddler teachers.

New Resource Aligning Title 5, Title 22 and OHS Standards

We are pleased to share a new resource that aligns Title 5, Title 22 and related Head Start Performance Standards. This was compiled by a work group of the California Head Start State Collaboration Office, in partnership with the California Head Start Association. We unveiled the document at CHSA’s recent Education Conference in Riverside, and are now making it available online:

We are grateful to the many people who contributed to this document, including members of the Head Start/CCL Workgroup, staff at the CCL Division of the State Department of Social Services, staff at the OHS Region IX Office, Keesha Woods at LACOE, various Head Start program directors, and CDE’s Early Education and Support Division.

CHSA Comments on Proposed ECE Block Grant

CHSA recently submitted comments on Governor Brown’s proposal to block grant Prop 98 funding from the State Preschool Program, Transitional Kindergarten and QRIS to Local Educational Agencies. We address the likely impact on community based providers, concerns around program quality, and the need to prioritize low-income and at-risk children and families. Thanks to the many Head Start leaders who participated in CHSA’s Annual Conference and helped form these comments.

Read our response


CHSA Press Release on TK Enrollment Practices

Inappropriate Enrollment Practices Plague Transitional Kindergarten

Sacramento (November 4, 2015) -- Early childhood advocates are calling on the Legislature to address local enrollment practices, at Thursday’s State Assembly hearing on the implementation of Transitional Kindergarten in California. The joint hearing is being convened by the Assembly’s Education Committee and the Budget Subcommittee for Education, and early childhood leaders are arguing that abusive enrollment practices and substandard quality ought to be the focus.

The legislative hearing is being held in Los Angeles and will provide an overview of Transitional Kindergarten (TK) so far and showcase best practices at the LA Unified School District. While LA Unified is touted as a model of success, local TK practices and quality vary statewide. “The Legislature ought to be addressing the failures and abuses of TK, which are alarmingly widespread,” declared Rick Mockler, Executive Director of the California Head Start Association.

The Nov. 4 Press Release: Read More

Legislative Victory for Toddler Programs

Governor Jerry Brown has signed AB 762 (Mullin) into law. This new statute will extend the age of the toddler program option to 36 months effective January 1, 2016. The age range for the optional toddler program component will be 18 to 36 months. While the extension of toddler option only represents part of our legislation as originally introduced, it will serve to bridge the gap in care for centers serving toddlers, providing much needed flexibility and supporting continuity of care for our children. We are delighted with this new law, even as we continue to work on our longer term vision of an integrated, birth to age five license. CHSA thanks the many early childhood professionals, organizations and advocates who helped make this happen.

CHSA thanks the many early childhood professionals, organizations and advocates who helped make this happen.

The AB 762 document page: Visit

Early Math and Family Engagement

Head Start parents in California step up to teach their kids math

The initiative, known as the Early Math Family Engagement Project, is one of the first programs in the nation to emphasize the key role parents can play in teaching early math at home and in other environments. It is a project of the California Head Start Association, which represents nearly 160 Head Start centers and their satellite sites in the state. The program will offer two-day training sessions to teachers and others around the state. Head Start serves approximately 130,000 children in California.

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