milestones

DFSS agencies are required to establish internal ongoing monitoring procedures that are align with each content area milestone and ensure quality data is recorded, analyzed, and shared.

Community Assessment and Resources

To ensure that their programs are responsive to the educational, health, nutrition, mental health, childcare, and social service needs of the communities they serve, DFSS must conduct a comprehensive community needs assessment once every five years and update it annually.

The community needs assessment plays an important role in multiple aspects of Head Start program planning including:

  1. Allocating slots or seats across areas with the most need;
  2. Creating enrollment selection criteria and recruitment plans;
  3. Determining the program models, options, and duration that will best meet the needs of families;
  4. Setting program goals and objectives for program quality improvement; and
  5. Creating community partnerships to meet the health and social service needs of the children and families.

To find out more about Head Start’s Community Needs Assessment requirement see HSPPS 1302.11.
DFSS provides its agencies with several tools that help them understand their community needs.  

Performance Standards

The Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) and Chicago Early Learning Standards (CELS) require agencies to update their community assessment annually. Below you will find different websites that will provide you with data on community areas in Chicago.
DFSS provides its agencies with several tools that help them understand their community needs.  

Collaborative governance

This Content Area’s Milestones. DFSS agencies are required to establish internal ongoing monitoring procedures that are align with the milestones and ensure quality data is recorded, analyzed, and shared.

Quarter 1 (Sep - Nov)
Quarter 2 (Dec – Feb)
Quarter 3 (Mar - May)
Quarter 4 (Jun - Aug)

program management & quality improvement

This Content Area’s Milestones. DFSS agencies are required to establish internal ongoing monitoring procedures that are align with the milestones and ensure quality data is recorded, analyzed, and shared.

Quarter 1 (Sep - Nov)
Quarter 2 (Dec – Feb)
Quarter 3 (Mar - May)
Quarter 4 (Jun - Aug)

ERSEA

This Content Area’s Milestones. DFSS agencies are required to establish internal ongoing monitoring procedures that are align with the milestones and ensure quality data is recorded, analyzed, and shared.

Quarter 1 (Sep - Nov)
Quarter 2 (Dec – Feb)
Quarter 3 (Mar - May)
Quarter 4 (Jun - Aug)

education

This Content Area’s Milestones. DFSS agencies are required to establish internal ongoing monitoring procedures that are align with the milestones and ensure quality data is recorded, analyzed, and shared.

Quarter 1 (Sep - Nov)
Quarter 2 (Dec – Feb)
Quarter 3 (Mar - May)
Quarter 4 (Jun - Aug)

disabilities

This Content Area’s Milestones. DFSS agencies are required to establish internal ongoing monitoring procedures that are align with the milestones and ensure quality data is recorded, analyzed, and shared.

Quarter 1 (Sep - Nov)
Quarter 2 (Dec – Feb)
Quarter 3 (Mar - May)
Quarter 4 (Jun - Aug)

health

This Content Area’s Milestones. DFSS agencies are required to establish internal ongoing monitoring procedures that are align with the milestones and ensure quality data is recorded, analyzed, and shared.

Quarter 1 (Sep - Nov)
Quarter 2 (Dec – Feb)
Quarter 3 (Mar - May)
Quarter 4 (Jun - Aug)

Mental health

This Content Area’s Milestones. DFSS agencies are required to establish internal ongoing monitoring procedures that are align with the milestones and ensure quality data is recorded, analyzed, and shared.

Quarter 1 (Sep - Nov)
Quarter 2 (Dec – Feb)
Quarter 3 (Mar - May)
Quarter 4 (Jun - Aug)

Nutrition

This Content Area’s Milestones. DFSS agencies are required to establish internal ongoing monitoring procedures that are align with the milestones and ensure quality data is recorded, analyzed, and shared.

Quarter 1 (Sep - Nov)
Quarter 2 (Dec – Feb)
Quarter 3 (Mar - May)
Quarter 4 (Jun - Aug)

safety practices

This Content Area’s Milestones. DFSS agencies are required to establish internal ongoing monitoring procedures that are align with the milestones and ensure quality data is recorded, analyzed, and shared.

Quarter 1 (Sep - Nov)
Quarter 2 (Dec – Feb)
Quarter 3 (Mar - May)
Quarter 4 (Jun - Aug)

family & community engagement

This Content Area’s Milestones. DFSS agencies are required to establish internal ongoing monitoring procedures that are align with the milestones and ensure quality data is recorded, analyzed, and shared.

Quarter 1 (Sep - Nov)
Quarter 2 (Dec – Feb)
Quarter 3 (Mar - May)
Quarter 4 (Jun - Aug)

transportation

This Content Area’s Milestones. DFSS agencies are required to establish internal ongoing monitoring procedures that are align with the milestones and ensure quality data is recorded, analyzed, and shared.

Quarter 1 (Sep - Nov)
Quarter 2 (Dec – Feb)
Quarter 3 (Mar - May)
Quarter 4 (Jun - Aug)