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Head Start Orientation Basics

Online • On-Demand • 1 PD Hr

This one-hour dynamic course provides the basic information required to work or volunteer in a Head Start or an Early Head Start classroom.


Head Start Orientation is a one-hour long course that provides critical information required to work or volunteer in Head Start and Early Head Start classrooms. The course covers core topics to support children’s well-being and school-readiness skills. Head Start Orientation helps programs quickly expand their temporary staffing capacity by preparing new substitutes and volunteers to have high-impact interactions with children.

In addition to providing an introduction to Head Start policies, procedures, and guidelines, Head Start Orientation prepares learners to successfully implement positive strategies such as active supervision and positive redirection.

This course is a great first step for individuals who are seeking long-term placements or increasing their involvement. This course is recommended to be paired with Head Start Basics.

Start Date: On-Demand

Course Level: Beginner

Requirements/Prerequisites: None

Target Audience: Instruction and Effective Practice, Parents and Families

Course Meeting Times: None

Completion Timeline/Duration: One Month

Head Start Alignment:

Course Outline

Course Author

Zuly Vazquez

Zuly is the Manager of Early Head Start Professional Learning Programs at NHSA. She has worked with Head Start, and Early Head Start programs for over a decade, specializing in training, mentoring, coaching, facilitation, curriculum implementation, and management. She worked for several years in the classroom, providing high-quality education to children from different cultures, traditions, and ethnicities. She is a former EHS/HS parent. She has vast experience supporting and providing technical assistance to teachers, family child care providers, education specialists, and families in large EHS/HS programs in Florida and Georgia. Over her career, she designed a supplemental Christian early childhood curriculum, bilingual online lessons, and classroom observation tools and has facilitated early childhood education courses in English and Spanish at the college level. As an active early childhood advocate, she is a board member of her local NAEYC affiliate and Family Child Care Home Alliance of Georgia. She is a senior advisor of Latinas United for the Children of America.

Registration Rates

Regular Rate: $50

NHSA Member Rate: $25

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  • Online, Self-Paced Coursework
  • 1 Hour of Course Material
  • Video Content
  • Access to a National Cohort of Peers
  • Discussion Forums
  • 45 Days of Access to Online Course
  • Digital Badge
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 24/7 Access to Transcript

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