Goal Two: Promote Healthy Development and School Readiness for Children in Low-income Families and Other Special Populations

2.1 Promote positive outcomes for children’s development and learning across a variety of early childhood settings

2.1.1 We will complete and execute a strategic plan to ensure all children receive all appropriate developmental screenings. — Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Early Childhood Development

2.1.2 We will increase the number of states, territories, and tribes with Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) that meet high-quality benchmarks for early care and education programs.— Office of Child Care

2.1.3 We will reduce the proportion of Head Start grantees receiving a score in the low range on any of the three domains on the basis of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System by one percentage point by the end of September 2014. — Office of Head Start

2.1.4 We will use Stepping Stones Essentials as the basis for aligning health and safety standards across all early childhood education programs. — Office of the DAS for Early Childhood Development

2.2 Promote high-quality, accountable early care and education programs

2.2.1 We will implement policy reform in Child Care Development Fund through new regulations and data collection. — Office of Child Care

2.2.2 We will assist in the development of content and make revisions to the scope of work leading to completion of the National Academy of Science (NAS) study of the knowledge, skills, and qualifications needed by the early childhood workforce and use the results to drive early childhood workforce policy. — Office of the DAS for Early Childhood Development

2.2.3 We will jointly evaluate the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge with Department of Education and disseminate lessons learned and best practices to all states and territories. — Office of the DAS for Early Childhood Development

2.2.4 We will support state, tribal, and program efforts to create better continuity and transitions across early childhood and the early primary grades. — Office of the DAS for Early Childhood Development

2.2.5 We will revise the Head Start Performance Standards, eliminating duplicative or outdated standards without compromising quality. — Office of Head Start

2.2.6 We will improve Head Start Program Board governance through increased accountability measures and oversight of Head Start Programs. — Office of Head Start

2.2.7 We will work in concert with the Department of Education to improve the educational opportunities and outcomes for homeless youth and runaway youth. – Family and Youth Services Bureau

2.3 Facilitate family engagement and strengthen families

2.3.1 We will disseminate and train on the Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework, and provide best practices to grantees. — Office of Head Start

2.3.2 We will implement and evaluate the Tribal Early Learning Initiative. — Office of the DAS for Early Childhood Development

2.3.3 We will apply lessons learned from Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge state and tribal efforts to strengthen family engagement and inform parents about early childhood program quality to other states, tribes and territories.  — Office of the DAS for Early Childhood Development

2.3.4 We will develop a national parenting strategy that recognizes the varying levels of need and interest from parents, including underserved and underrepresented populations. — Office of the DAS for Early Childhood Development and Office of Refugee Resettlement

2.3.5 We will identify models and best practices that improve coordination of parenting time and child support procedures and strengthen family violence safeguards. — Office of Child Support Enforcement

2.3.6 We will explore training opportunities for family service workers in Head Start programs to identify, serve, and provide referrals to victims of human trafficking. – Office of Head Start

2.4 Leverage programs to improve access to comprehensive services

2.4.1 We will increase tribal participation in child and adult care food programs. — Office of Child Care and Administration for Native Americans

2.4.2 We will partner with federal agencies that support community and economic development, environmental protection and native languages in order to leverage existing resources and programs to maximize ACF investment in projects funded by the Administration for Native Americans.  –  Administration for Native Americans

2.4.3 We will partner with the Center for Medicaid Services to provide information, training and technical assistance to ACF tribal grantees on health care coverage to align with the ACA and Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA). — Administration for Native Americans

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