Head Start Resources

Head Start is a national program that provides comprehensive developmental services, including health, nutritional, educational, social and other services, to economically disadvantaged preschool children and their families. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), provides funds to grantees to serve as Head Start agencies within designated communities. Head Start grantees must comply with a range of requirements related to administrative and fiscal management and the provision of high quality services responsive to the needs of eligible children and their families. ACF periodically reviews grantees’ performance in meeting program standards and fiscal requirements.

 

 

  • CAPLAW Head Start Board Checklist
    CAPLAW has created two Head Start checklists on board composition and board responsibilities best practices.
  • CAPLAW Model Policies & Contracts
    CAPLAW has created a library of model policies for your organization to use on topics ranging from Head Start to Conflicts of Interest, to Information technology.
  • CAPLAW Head Start Audio Conference
    Focus on changes likely to have the most immediate impact on Head Start grantees, including: new governance requirements – including governing body and policy council composition, responsibilities and information sharing; new eligibility and enrollment requirements; and new fiscal and administrative requirements.
  • CAPLAW Head Start Articles
    View a library of CAPLAW articles on Head Start related topics.

Head Start Laws and Guidance

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Head Start Information Memoranda

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Head Start Policy Clarifications

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Head Start Program Instructions

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Head Start Reauthorization Resources

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Head Start and the Davis-Bacon Act

Generally, the Davis-Bacon Act requires that any contractor hired to construct, renovate or repair a Head Start facility (if the contract exceeds $2,000) must pay the laborers and mechanics engaged in the construction, renovation or repair “prevailing rate” wages. These “prevailing rate” wages are determined by the Department of Labor for each county in the country and are updated, as necessary. The Davis-Bacon Act also includes provisions about fringe benefits to be paid to laborers and mechanics, limitations on wage withholding, and payroll and record keeping requirements.

Generally, the Davis-Bacon Act (DBA) should be applied to Head Start Act construction projects in the same way it is applied to Weatherization Assistance Program projects (WAP). Some of the main differences in the application of the DBA to Head Start as opposed to WAP are that the Department of Labor (DOL) has created wage determinations which include a weatherization classification for workers performing American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) WAP projects. By contrast, Head Start grantees should use the DOL wage determinations regularly used for their county. Also, Head Start grantees should use the DOL contract labor standards as set forth in 29 CFR 5.5(a) rather than those prepared by the Department of Energy (DOE) for WAP.

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Other Head Start Resources

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