Leading Head Start Turnaround: A Four-stage Turnaround Model for Transforming Program Performance

Seanelle S Tracy, Michael Wischnowski


Head Start programs must meet federal performance standards or may now face a process of "recompetition", a situation where the current grantee could lose the Head Start program to other agencies. This article is based on interviews with Head Start directors who were faced with the threat of recompetition, but were able to turn around their programs in time to avoid the possibility of losing them. A model for Head Start turnaround emerged in these interviews and is shared in this article.

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