Leadership and governance are the bedrocks of effective management. Head Start program leadership consists of three key entities: the governing body/Tribal Council (i.e., legal and fiscal responsibilities); Policy Council/parent committees (i.e., set program direction); and management staff (i.e., day-to-day operations). These entities work together to provide leadership and strategic direction. Explore resources to help grantees navigate these tasks and relationships. Learn how to build communication and information systems that connect internal and external stakeholders. Find resources to help design and distribute reports and manage recordkeeping activities.
Governance and Oversight Capacity Screener
Use this screener to help identify where your program needs to make changes for quality improvement and capacity building in program governance.Learn More
Head Start Program Governance Reference Book
This training resource will help you unpack the governance-related regulations and responsibilities in the Head Start Act and the Head Start Program Performance Standards.Learn More
Program Governance Training
This self-paced, interactive training module offers activities and life-like scenarios that governing body, Tribal Council, and Policy Council members can use to further develop their governance leadership skills.Learn More
Explore the Head Start management systems wheel to learn more about the 12 program management, planning, and oversight systems that are critical to high-quality service delivery.Learn More