Head Start and Early Head Start programs in New York State have until September 30, 2021 to participate in QUALITYstarsNY, the state’s Quality Rating & Improvement System.
In the 2016 revision of the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS), the Office of Head Start (OHS) added the requirement that all Head Start/Early Head Start Programs, with limited exception, must participate in their state’s QRIS. After several extensions, OHS has set the final deadline to comply with this requirement for September 30, 2021. Please keep in mind that this is an unfunded mandate. QUALITYstarsNY has worked with the Head Start Collaboration Office to provide instructions on how to meet the new requirement in the most efficient way possible.