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Statewide Initiatives

Standards and Regulations

The following standards and regulations provide guidance and information on how Head Start programs operate. 

Improving Head Start for School Readiness 

Head Start policy regarding promoting the school readiness of low-income children by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development.

Head Start Performance Standards 

Head Start official policy and regulations regarding program governance, operations, finances and more.

Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework 

The Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five (ELOF) presents five broad areas of early learning, referred to as central domains. The framework is designed to show the continuum of learning for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Florida Early Learning and Development Standards 

The Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards reflect the knowledge and skills that a child on a developmental progression should know and be able to do at the end of an age-related timeframe.

Florida Child Care Development Fund State Plan 

The Office of Early Learning is the lead agency responsible for developing the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) State Plan. The School Readiness Program is funded primarily by CCDF.