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 57-year history, the modules cover everything from parent and family engagement, health policies, the HSPPS, and more!
Course Level: Beginner
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.
- Understand what Head Start is, where it began, and the basics behind how it operates.
- Implement specific skills to improve effectiveness in the classroom.
- Gain knowledge and skills related to special education, health and safety, and family engagement.
When Head Start Basics is purchased, learners will have access to the following modules. Please note, that each is also available for individual purchase.
Head Start Basics SeriesHow do you know if you are keeping all of your students safe and accounting for there whereabouts all of the time? This course will provide an effective model and strategies to ensure you are keeping safety as your top priority through active supervision.
Head Start Basics SeriesChildren and adults in early care and education programs can be infected with serious viruses or bacteria and not even know it. This course explores best practices from the Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) to mitigate the potential of this serious risk.
Head Start Basics SeriesHealth and wellbeing serve as the foundation of school readiness and child development. This course explores how early childhood programs can use Head Start’s whole-child approach to support children, families, and communities on their paths to success.
Head Start Basics SeriesWhat makes Head Start the most high-quality early childhood education program? Explore the revolutionary Head Start Program Performance Standards. First introduced in 1975, this concept inspired a federal standards initiative for public schools and continues to help programs improve and find new ways to help children and their families across the nation.
Head Start Basics SeriesThis course will provide you with a strong understanding of the policies and practices in identifying potential learning delays and disabilities and how to provide additional and appropriate services to children.
Head Start Basics SeriesThis course covers general information about the legal responsibilities of mandated reporters and how to recognize and respond to possible abuse or maltreatment. Learners will finish this course knowing who a mandated reporter is, what a mandated reporter’s responsibilities are, and how they themselves must carry out those responsibilities.
Head Start Basics SeriesThis course trains early education staff on best practices, standards, and key regulations in Head Start that they can use to keep children and staff safe during transportation. Even for staff who do not typically transport children, knowing the proper way to do so is vital to ensure all staff are equipped in the event of an emergency.
What learners are saying...
"I use what I learned in this course every day. I have to think about and apply my knowledge of Head Start basics, foundations, policies, and procedures in each of my daily work tasks."
– Karlie Alexander, Behavioral Specialist/Disabilities Coordinator
Community Action Program of Central Arkansas
"I took the Head Start Basics course at the recommendation of my supervisor. As someone new to Head Start, it provided a broad foundation, including history, growth, and framework, into Head Start."
– Christa Held, Director of Program Operations
Community Services for Children
"I learned the importance of collaborative partnerships between Head Start programs and families as it provides a strong foundation for communication about children's learning, families strength, and parent involvement."
– Tianee Lane, M.A.Ed., Teacher Mentor, Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community Early Childhood Education Center
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