Training and Technical Assistance System
The Office of Head Start (OHS) has designed its Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) system to support program staff in their delivery of quality services to children and families. The system consists of three components: direct funding to grantees; state T/TA network, including Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) and American Indian and Alaskan Native (AIAN) Head Start; and the National Centers.
A coordinated system that works together seamlessly to ensure that Head Start and Early Head Start programs have access to high-quality information, resources, and materials.
To support all Head Start and Early Head Start programs in bringing best practices into agency systems and services to promote continuous program improvement.
Every Head Start and Early Head Start program deserves access to the same level of high quality T/TA to produce the best possible outcomes for children and families.
- Capacity-building and sustainable support and practices, both internally and externally
- Comprehensive approaches
- Culturally and linguistically responsive practices
- Easily and logically accessible and usable
- Evidence-based materials and approaches
- Incorporating and promoting best practices
- Promoting school readiness
- Respectful and professional processes and service delivery
- Timely and relevant guidance, support, activities, and materials
Components of the OHS T/TA System
OHS expects all three strands of its T/TA system to work together seamlessly to raise quality and improve outcomes for all our children and families. The three components are:
Direct Funding to Grantees
Head Start grantees form the most critical component of Head Start's national T/TA system. At least 50 percent of all T/TA dollars are provided directly to grantees.
State T/TA System
The goal of the state T/TA system is to create a seamless, easily accessible team of professional development providers at the state, tribal, and local levels, who can work with Head Start programs directly to improve the quality of teaching and other services.
Six National Centers function as a team to provide Head Start grantees with consistent information from OHS across all service areas. Centers communicate best practices and provide content-rich, usable, and practical resources to grantees. They are:
- National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness (NCCLR)
- Early Head Start National Resource Center (EHS NRC)
- National Center on Health (NCH)
- National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (NCPFCE)
- National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations (NCPMFO)
- National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning (NCQTL)
Last Updated: January 31, 2014