Federal Review Preparation

Monitoring preparation can be stressful. Foundations for Families can help you get ready.

The Head Start Aligned Monitoring System (AMS 2.0) uses Focus Area Reviews to take a systemic view of a grantee’s services and functions across the five-year grant cycle, evaluating grantee compliance, progress, and performance across multiple years of program implementation. 

Because data from AMS 2.0 is used to determine whether the grantee will need to compete for further Head Start funding according to the Designation Renewal System (DRS), it’s important to demonstrate strong performance during your review.

In a review that is focused on dialogue and personal exchanges, how does one prepare?

Get ready for your review, and make any improvements necessary – ahead of time


​A Focus Area 1 review is conducted off-site and largely focused on design. We can help you prepare by walking through the monitoring protocol, identifying areas that are challenging to respond to and working with your team to define a response. As part of the Focus Area 1 review, the OHS reviewer will hold telephone interviews with multiple staff. We can help these team members effectively demonstrate their expertise in different areas of your program.

A Focus Area 2 review is on-site, much more in depth, and centered on the effectiveness of your program implementation as demonstrated through conversations and data tours. Using our interactive Assessment Readiness Tool (ART) and a set of questions based on the review protocol, Foundations for Families team members will facilitate your planning and preparation.

We will leave you with a detailed narrative report, as well as a dashboard summary report that provides a quick, visual representation of your program’s readiness and areas where the most work is still needed.

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