The Head Start Designation Renewal System (DRS) is an accountability system to determine whether Head Start grantees are delivering high quality, comprehensive services and to implement a competitive grant making process in communities where they are not. This formative evaluation suggests that the DRS is meeting its goal of supporting quality improvement in by incentivizing grantees and applicants to engage in a range of quality improvement activities. But, DRS conditions differ in their ability to differentiate higher versus lower-quality Head Start programs. In particular, findings raise concerns about the precision of the CLASS as a measure of grantee-level quality.
Early Implementation of the Head Start Designation Renewal System: Volume I
Early Implementation of the Head Start Designation Renewal System: Volume II