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HSSCO’s Logic Model (Strategic Plan)

The HSSCO’s Logic Model identifies 12 goal areas, whereby, they have been developed based on the EHS/Head Start Needs Assessment, the Office of Head Start (OHS) and the Dallas Regional Office (DRO) priorities.  They have been analyzed into nine goals, not only for convenience, but to capture the importance of each area in the different categories. 


The 9 Federal Goal Areas include:



Long and Short-Range Goals

The following nine goals and objectives will be implemented to guide the work for the HSSCO beginning March, 2017 until February, 2018.  These goals were created based on the results of the 2015 Statewide Needs Assessment.  The chart below will identify the long and short-range goals, objectives, timeframes, expected outcomes, and evidence of data, tools, or methods used.  Please note that if any timeframes are less than one year, it will be considered short-term objectives and some of those objectives have been achieved.  All other timeframes will be considered for the upcoming year.  The work that is done through the HSSCO is ongoing with multiple timeframes for completion.  They are also inter-related and worked on in a variety of ways, therefore the entire model is included with updates.

Some of the main activities and initiatives from the Logic Model that Arkansas will focus on in 2017-1018 include (See Logic Model, Section three):

  1. Early Childhood Systems (School Readiness Teams, Fatherhood Initiative, Family Engagement, Professional Development System, Racial Equity in the States’ Early Childhood System, and the Kindergarten Entry Screener)
  2. EHS-CCP (Expanding Sites & Providing  Ongoing Support)
  3. Child Development Early Learning Standards
  4. Career Development Opportunities (New & Improved PD Registry, Expanding on the levels in our QRIS)
  5. Education &  Health Education

It is important to note that even if all 12 items are not listed above, the HSSCO will continue to work in the areas of community, child welfare, family literacy, and disability services to meet the needs of all EHS/Head Start programs in Arkansas. 

The purpose of Head Start program is to promote the school readiness of low income children by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development in a learning environment that supports their growth comprehensively through the provision of health, educational, nutrition, social, and other services to children and their families that are determined necessary based on family needs.  In keeping this purpose in mind, it verifies that a variety of services will need to be in place to support all EHS/HS/MSHS programs in Arkansas.  Therefore, the nine goals listed below will definitely capture the needs and services identified via the needs assessment.  The HSSCO added services to military families based on the need identified in the statewide needs assessment as well.  There are measureable objectives highlighted in the expected outcomes section.  Long-term goals will be continuously worked on in order to complete by 2021.  Instead of using the format for a strategic plan, the HSSCO chose to use the logic model format in order to highlight the goals, expected outcomes, evidence, and specific timelines.

The logic model has been updated by identifying in the “PROGRESS” column if the objective is completed, ongoing, still working on, or on hold.

The definitions for each of these areas are listed below:

  • Completed – Objective has been completed.
  • Ongoing – Each activity has been completed, but the work continues
  • Working on – This means that we have started the work but it is not completed.
  • On hold – This means that nothing has been done for this objective.


Please Note:  Progress is only recorded in the areas for the objectives with the specific timeframes.