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.
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
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.
- Online, Self-Paced Coursework
- Live Instruction
- Access to a National Cohort of Peers
- 40 Hours of Course Material
- Video Content
- 4 Months of Access to Online Course
- Registration to NHSA's Parent and Family Engagement Conference or National Head Start Conference
- Discussion Forums
- Digital Badge
- Certificate of Completion
- 24/7 Access to Transcript