Office of Head Start National Monitoring Systems Expansion Support Contract
Project Country: United States
Contracting Agency and Office: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Since 1999, Danya has supported the Office of Head Start (OHS) in helping to improve the quality of education for more than 1 million low-income children and families in the United States by leading the monitoring efforts of the nearly 1,700 grantees that the OHS funds each year. Tasks include engaging subject matter experts to conduct field assessments, consolidating and reporting data, coordinating logistics, and overall program management.
Historically, OHS grantees held indefinite grants, which were monitored every 3 years. In 2012, OHS moved from a system of awarding indefinite grants to 5-year grants. To better serve the OHS grantees and monitoring process in that shift, Danya created and launched the Newly Aligned Monitoring System in 2014. The Newly Aligned Monitoring System will provide OHS with the performance data needed by the fourth year of the 5-year grant cycle to determine whether the grantee will need to re-compete. The system also allows for a focus on quality in addition to compliance by monitoring grantees throughout their 5-year grant cycle. The areas of review are Management Systems/Program Governance, Fiscal Integrity, ERSEA, Environmental Health and Safety, Comprehensive Services and School Readiness, and CLASS®.
Danya also has created an eLearning site that houses several modules for reviewers to complete training necessary to successfully conduct reviews. Grantees have their own website to learn about the areas in which they will be reviewed: the Aligned Monitoring Virtual Expo. In the Expo, attendees can view modules on review event areas, submit questions, participate in scheduled office hours, and download informational materials.