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Head Start Basics

Online • On-Demand • 10 PD Hrs

This course trains new and returning staff on the basics of Head Start—the program’s history, parent and family engagement, health policies, Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS), and more!


Hiring new staff? Getting them trained on the basics of Head Start and the training required by the Office of Head Start is vital. But, it can also be very overwhelming and time-consuming to plan and implement. Head Start Basics is a ten-hour course designed to train new and returning staff on the basics of Head Start. In addition to exploring the program’s 56-year history, the modules cover everything from parent and family engagement, health policies, the HSPPS, and more!

Course Level: Beginner

Requirements/Prerequisites: None

Target Audience: Instruction and Effective Practice, Leadership and Management, Parents and Families, Program Operations, Support Services

Course Meeting Times: None

Completion Timeline/Duration: Self-Paced

Head Start Alignment: Satisfies about 75% of the OHS training requirements in the Head Start Program Performance Standards. It is recommended this course be taken with Bias Busters Basics to meet more of the OHS required training.

Course Outline

Course Author

Dr. Deborah Bergeron

Dr. Deborah Bergeron

Dr. B served as director of the Office of Head Start from 2018-21. From 2019-21 she broadened her leadership as director of the Office of Early Childhood Development in the Administration for Children and Families. Known as "Dr. B" to former students and teachers, she spent three decades in pre-K–12 public education as a classroom teacher and school administrator. She currently serves as deputy director for Community Engagement and Innovation at the National Head Start Association.

Registration Rates

Regular Rate: $195

NHSA Member Rate: $90

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  • Online, Self-Paced Content
  • 10 Hours of Course Material
  • Video Content
  • 3 Months of Access to Online Course
  • Digital Badge
  • Certificate of Completion

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