Pre-Service Bundle

Online • On-Demand • 14 PD Hrs

Head Start staff have a lot to learn when getting started—both to successfully support children and families and to meet Office of Head Start requirements. The Pre-Service Bundle includes Head Start Basics and Bias Buster Basics, meeting approximately 90% of the professional development required by the Head Start Program Performance Standards.


When registering through the Pre-Service Bundle, NHSA members receive a 25% discount, saving over $250! The bundle includes:

  • Head Start Basics + Bias Busters Basics = $390 value!
  • 14 Hours of Course Material, Including Video Content
  • 3 Months of Access to Online Courses
  • A Digital Badge and Certificate of Completion

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 90% of the OHS training requirements in the Head Start Program Performance Standards.

Course Outline

Course Authors

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.

Dr. Kimberly Johnson

Dr. Kimberly Johnson

Dr. Kimberly Johnson is a creative thinker and has a passion for teaching and helping others. She serves as a contracted course facilitator at Harvard University, has taught doctoral classes at Northeastern University, and currently teaches at Clemson University and Clinton College.

As a Head Start alumna, she knows first-hand the life-changing power of Head Start. “I am living proof that Head Start works, but our job is not done–not by any means. In fact, the journey has truly just begun,” she said. “We have much work to do to ensure that our families, teachers and most of all our children can see beyond the broken glass or sirens or even the deficit thinkers that clog their minds on a regular basis. We have the obligation to make sure our children gain the levels of love and preparedness that Head Start represents.”

Dr. Kim earned her doctorate in Curriculum, Teaching, and Leadership from Northeastern University and her master’s from Clemson University in Youth Development and Leadership as well as Early Childhood Education and Communications degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill. Kimberly completed her postdoctoral work in the Advanced Leadership Program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and recently completed a certificate in Diversity and Inclusion at Cornell University.

Registration Rates

NHSA Member Rate: $135

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  • Online, Self-Paced Content
  • 14 Hours of Course Material
  • Video Content
  • 3 Months of Access to Online Course
  • Discussion Forums
  • Digital Badge
  • Certificate of Completion with Professional Development Hours

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