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Site Leader Credential

Online • Live • 40 PD Hrs

This credential explores topics surrounding day-to-day leadership in Head Start and Early Head Start sites. Participants will work on managing and leading teams, setting tone and culture at the site level, and managing the everyday responsibilities that make up Head Start and Early Head Start programming.

Overview

Head Start and Early Head Start site leaders are key staff who are physically present at the site most days of the week. They are known by many names—center directors, center leaders, site supervisors, or site directors. Whatever their title may be, site leaders are the individuals on the ground with the best understanding of how to make the most of their staff's expertise.

The Site Leader Credential explores topics surrounding day-to-day leadership in a Head Start/Early Head Start site. Participants will work on managing and leading teams, setting tone and culture at the site level, and managing the everyday responsibilities that make up Head Start/Early Head Start programming. This four-month credentialing course includes independent online work, monthly virtual meetings, project-based learning experiences, problem-solving activities, and discussions about real-world issues site leaders are facing today, all with the support of a network of peers.

All Site Leader Credential learners will receive free registration to one of NHSA’s major conferences. Fall cohort learners will receive free registration to NHSA’s Parent and Family Engagement Conference in December. Spring Cohort learners will receive free registration to NHSA’s National Head Start Conference in May. Attending a professional conference is an important part of this learning experience and some learners may even have the opportunity to present during one of the conference breakout sessions!

Start Date: Biannually in Fall and Spring

Course Level: Advanced

Requirements/Prerequisites: None

Target Audience: Leadership and Management

Course Meeting Times: Tuesdays from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET

Completion Timeline/Duration: Four months

Head Start Alignment: This course supports programs in meeting Part 1302: Program Operations, Subpart I-Human Resources & J-Program Management and Quality Improvement requirements of the Head Start Program Performance Standards to ensure staff are qualified and supported to effectively provide services.

Course Outline

Course Facilitator

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: $5,295

NHSA Member Rate: $3,995

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