2014 Needs Assessment of Seattle Head Start, Early Head Start and Step Ahead Programs for the City of Seattle
The community needs assessment is a combined effort of the Seattle Early Education Collaborative that is comprised of Seattle’s Early Head Start and Head Start Programs, the City of Seattle Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP), and the City of Seattle Step Ahead Program. The Community Assessment will help programs: (1) identify the resources and needs of Seattle residents; (2) understand the current condition of all families in the community; (3) evaluate the current service system’s capacity to support families’ healthy growth and development; (4) modify Human Services Department programs or services to respond to community-specific needs; and (5) build community support for and ownership of new ways of meeting their needs. The assessment also meets the federal requirements that federally funded Head Start programs conduct a Community Needs Assessment every three years consistent with federal performance standards (45 CFR 1305.3). Information about the five Early Head Start, Head Start, Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP), and Step Ahead Programs is consistently presented in relation to relevant city, county, state and national data.
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