Information about implementing the Early Head Start-Home-Based Option is included in the Head Start Program Performance Standards and in resources included on the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) website.
Implementing Early Head Start–Home-Based Option (EHS-HBO)
Last updated: April 2018
Materials and Forms to Support Implementation
Although Early Head Start does not require the use of a specific assessment tool, each Early Head Start program must implement a process for ongoing assessment. The Head Start Program Performance Standards require that programs perform or obtain screenings to identify concerns regarding a child’s developmental, sensory, behavioral, motor, language, social, cognitive, perceptual, and emotional skills. Early Head Start recommends that programs implement screening procedures that are sensitive to the child’s cultural and linguistic background and that the screening be done in conjunction with the child’s parent.
Early Head Start-Home-Based Option programs must implement a developmentally appropriate, research-based early childhood home visiting curriculum that:
- Promotes the parent’s role as the child’s teacher through experiences focused on the parent-child relationship and, as appropriate, the family’s traditions, culture, values, and beliefs;
- Aligns with the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five and, as appropriate, state early learning standards;
- Supports measurable progress toward goals outlined in the framework; and,
- Includes plans and materials for learning experiences based on developmental progressions and how children learn.
Programs must provide parents with an opportunity to review the selected curricula and instructional materials used in the program.
If a program chooses to substantially modify a curriculum to better meet the needs of one or more specific populations, the program must (1) partner with early childhood education curriculum or content experts, and (2) assess if the adaptation adequately facilitates progress toward school readiness goals.
Because programs select their own research-based early childhood home visiting curriculum, they can select materials in the languages appropriate for the families they serve. All Early Head Start-Home-Based Option programs are required, through the Head Start Program Performance Standards, to work with families in their primary, or preferred language.
According to the Head Start Program Performance Standards, Early Head Start-Home-Based Option programs must establish and implement procedures for the ongoing monitoring of their own operations, as well as those of each of their delegate agencies. At least once every program year, Early Head Start-Home-Based Option programs must conduct a self-assessment of their effectiveness and progress in meeting program goals and objectives and in implementing federal regulations. Early Head Start-Home-Based Option programs are monitored for compliance with the performance standards by a team of external consultants according to a schedule based on the program’s five-year funding cycle. The review teams use a monitoring protocol developed by the Office of Head Start to review programs.
All Early Head Start-Home-Based Option programs must follow relevant Head Start Program Performance Standards.
The information contained on this page was last updated in April 2018. Recommended Further Reading lists the sources for this information. In addition, the information contained in this profile was reviewed for accuracy by the Office of Head Start on January 16, 2018. HomVEE reserves the right to edit the profile for clarity and consistency.