As a Head Start grantee and in order to design a program that meets community needs and builds on strengths and resources, Child Start must conduct a community assessment at least once every five-year grant cycle. In addition, Child Start must annually review and update the community assessment to reflect any significant changes.
The purpose of the community assessment process is to determine the demographic, health, educational and social services need, issues and trends affecting families with young children. The information is gathered from statewide and local data sources and survey questions asked of current families and community members. The community assessment results provide a framework to inform programmatic decisions, including planning, service delivery and evaluation.
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