Quality Programs Begin with Quality Staff

We are committed to strengthening Chicago Head Start, Early Head Start, child care and youth programs. One of the ways we demonstrate this commitment every day is by providing agency staff with resources and professional development. Search for Head Start guidelines, the latest training and more here.

CEL Leadership Conference Presentation Materials
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Community Assessment and Resources
Click here to download the DFSS Children Services Division (CSD) 2019 Quinquennial Community Assessment 

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.

Young Children in Chicago -
Community Needs Assessment Tool (CNAT) -
Early Childhood Care Programs Supply and Demand -
Illinois Early Childhood Asset Map -

ECLKC: Head Start 
Head Start Performance Standards 
Head Start Act 
Gateways to Opportunity 
ExceleRate Illinois  
Chicago Early Learning  
FAST Services for Head Start Families

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