Now it’s even easier for your program’s staff to gain access to NHSA’s catalog of fundamental courses whenever you need it!
Ideal for orientation, onboarding new staff and policy council members, and providing ongoing professional development, Academy+ offers instant access to dozens of Head Start-specific, engaging courses on-demand.
Ensure your staff is Head Start-ready!
Academy+ is a comprehensive solution to prepare your Head Start program for successful Focus Area 1 and 2 reviews and meet approximately 90% of the OHS training requirements.
With access to 14 dynamic courses, totaling over 30 hours of professional development, your staff will have the knowledge and tools they need to excel in their roles and stay compliant with the latest OHS standards.
Head Start History
Program Performance Standards
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Health and Safety
Instructional Practice (and CDA Renewal!)
New Staff Orientation
Is it Right for You?
Training and development through The Academy+ helps Head Start programs gain and retain top talent, increase job satisfaction and morale, and improve productivity.
Your program's annual subscription includes:
Online access for your entire staff, including new staff, turnover, parents, and board members!
Interactive learning experiences with 14 courses and over 30 training hours
On-demand course availability and mobile compatibility for learning on the go
Access to a national community of learners
Regularly updated content and course offerings
Admin tracking portal with generated progress reports
Completion certificates, digital badges, and access to transcripts
Unlock your team's full potential.
Our courses are designed to fit seamlessly into your busy schedule. They can be completed within one to four hours and provide learners with foundational training around a variety of topics, from Active Supervision to Head Start History and everything in between.
Staff who are new to Family Service in Head Start will be empowered and inspired by lessons that cover HSPPS, PFCE framework, ERSEA, how to guard against ...
Available in Pre-Service BundleThis course trains new and returning staff on the basics of Head Start—the program’s history, parent and family engagement, ...
Free! This one-hour dynamic course provides the basic information required to work or volunteer in a Head Start or an Early Head Start classroom.
Educate and have an open dialogue with your staff on the topics of diversity, inclusion, and equity (DEI). This course is the perfect first step in your ...
Developed by leading experts.
Former director of the Office of Head Start, deputy director for Community Engagement and Innovation at NHSA
Manager of Early Head Start Professional Learning Programs at NHSA and Head Start parent
Professor at Harvard and Clemson Universities, and Head Start alumna
Former vice chair of NHSA's Board of Directors and Head Start parent
Stay at the forefront of best practices
In addition to making regular updates, we add new courses on an annual basis based on feedback and suggestions we receive from the Head Start community. Here's what was added in Fall 2023:
Make a difference in the lives of families.
Make a real impact by choosing Academy+ for your professional development. Our courses are designed for Head Start professionals and offer the latest research and best practices. It’s like being with family, learning alongside other Head Start professionals. As a not-for-profit organization, your investment goes towards our mission to lead the Head Start community and advocate for policy changes that ensure all children have the support they need to succeed.
We understand each Head Start program is unique, with its own needs and budget constraints. That's why we offer customized pricing options based on the grant size of each program. This allows us to work with you to find a pricing solution that fits your budget. Contact us today to learn more. Our team will be happy to provide you with more information and help you find a pricing solution that works for your program. Whether you are a large program serving hundreds of families or a smaller program just getting started, we are here to help you achieve your goals.
What courses are included?