Advancing Equity through Head Start’s Program Information Report

Head Start has a long-standing commitment to serving children from under-resourced communities, and since its inception, has served over one million children and their families through early education and related services. Although Head Start prides itself on advancing equity for eligible children and families, and has notable standards that can concretely ensure programs achieve that goal, there are gaps and missed opportunities to advance equity in its data system. To center equity across programmatic functioning, Head Start must operationalize equity in its data systems, including in and starting with the Program Information Report (PIR). This brief provides actionable recommendations to embed equity in the Head Start PIR to enable a greater understanding of equitable and positive experiences for children served.

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