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Notice of Proposed Rule Making/Proposed Changes to Head Start Program Performance Standards

Stay Informed and Engage in the Process!  In response to the NPRM Proposed Changes to the HSPPS, IHSA is dedicating sessions for the IL Head Start/Early Head Start community to share listen and share their thoughts and feedback on the proposed changes.  Here's the plan for moving forward...

RSVP or register for these events to stay up to date, share your thoughts, provide feedback to the proposed changes.  Attend one or all these events:

Statewide Directors Meeting
Date: December 7th
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Champaign, IL (Virtual option available)

City of Chicago Directors Meeting
Date: December 13th
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Chicago, IL
Listening Sessions (Virtual)
Date: December 15th
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Date: January 3rd
Time: 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
RSVP to these Virtual Sessions Here

Important Dates:
January 5th: Draft comments completed and shared with you
January 10th: Release final comments to our members

Your Voice Matters!
We are working closely with NHSA. They've created a survey, and we want the IL community to complete it. NHSA Survey/NPRM. NHSA will share IL's survey responses with us. Please take the time to complete the survey! They have divided it into sections so you can do one section at a time and come back to it.

Task Force Collaboration:
We will use the feedback to inform our responses. Draft responses will be reviewed by the Task Force. A final copy will be sent out in early January for all to use the wording, template, etc.

Deadline for Comments:
All comments must be submitted by January 19th. Let's make our collective voice heard!

Summary of Key Proposed Changes 
Following are a selection of particularly impactful changes from the NPRM. Visit this page to view all 67 proposed changes. 
Employee Compensation Mental Health  Quality Improvements  Eligibility  Resources 
Following are resources for you to learn more about the proposed changes. 
Documents Webinars 
OHS Fact Sheet 
Full Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (282 pages) 
NHSA Statement on Proposed Changes 
Executive Order on Increasing Access to High-Quality Care and Supporting Caregivers (impetus for the proposed changes)
NHSA Overview Webinar 
NHSA Webinar 2/Workforce/Mental Health/Prenatal Svc.
December 1st - NHSA Webinar 3/Enhanced Oversight/Reporting/Additional Provisions
Recorded OHS Overview Webinar (high level overview of changes and comment process – 1 hour) 
Recorded OHS Deep Dive Webinar (deeper dive into proposed changes and comment process – 1 hour)