Item Coversheet

Action Item - 33.

Title: Contract with Public Health Management Corporation ($29,780)

Board of Education Meeting Date:

Action under consideration

 The Administration recommends that the Board of Education authorize The School District of Philadelphia, through the Superintendent or his designee, to execute and perform a contract, subject to funding, as follows: 

Public Health Management Corporation 


To assist in conducting the District's Head Start Community Assessment as required by the federal Head Start Performance Standards

 Start date: 3/26/2021

 End date: 6/30/2021
 Compensation not to exceed: $29,780 
All District-supported preK sites, including school and community partners across the city, serving over 10,500 children in approximately 170 separate locations

 Renewal Options:  No


The federal Head Start Performance Standards Subpart A, 1302.11 (b)(1) states, "To design a program that meets community needs, and builds on strengths and resources, a program must conduct a community assessment at least once over the five-year grant peri­od." The last program assessment was conducted in 2017, and the Office of Early Childhood Education will contract with Philadelphia Health Management Corporation (PHMC) to assist with conducting the District's Head Start Community Assessment.

Per the federal guidelines, in Phase I, PHMC will collect and analyze quantitative data about the education, health, nutrition, and social service needs of Head Start-eligible children and their families. As part of Phase I, PHMC will provide the Office of Early Childhood Education with detailed data and analyses by neighborhood of the following key components of the assessment: family health indicators, children experiencing homelessness, home languages other than English, children in foster care, children with disabilities, children in families experiencing trauma, mental health, and/or substance use challenges, food insecurity/hunger, and domestic violence.  In Phase II, PHMC will work with the District to identify professionals and organizations in the field whose insight will help the District plan for its Head Start programming, and interview a diverse group of respondents (e.g., nonprofit leaders, providers/directors, grantee leaders, and advocates) to help inform the assessment.  


The resulting assessment will be used by the District to identify specific programming needs and high-need neighborhoods that should receive priority for preK services. National research demonstrates that participation in high-quality preK enhances a child's development, reduces achievement gaps at kindergarten entry, and contributes to long-term academic success. The District's support of preK programming aligns with both the academic and socio-emotional components of the Board of Education's Goals and Guardrails.

 Funding Source(s): 
FY21 Categorical 

 Office Originating Request: Academic Support