Conflict Resolution Strategies for Head Start Staff

Whenever two or more people work closely together, conflicts can arise. Head Start programs' staff members may find it helpful to use conflict resolution strategies to define and resolve problems, as well as prevent conflicts. Conflicts are less frequent when staff work in collaboration with each other, communicate effectively, share responsibilities, and contribute to decision making. It is recommended that staff use a strategy to prevent conflicts, revise it as needed, and evaluate its effectiveness on a regular basis.

IT3 Infant Interactive Tool

Please rate yourself and your infant on the following nine traits. Check the box for each trait that comes closest to describing each of your regular behaviors. Remember, you can use the chart of Temperament Traits for definitions of each trait.

7 Super Things Parents and Caregivers Can Do

There are a number of things that parents and caregivers can do to help motivate young children to learn. These activities offer parents and caregivers tips on getting children involved in reading and learning.

Daily Separations and Reunions

Daily separations and reunions are part of the fabric of relationships. In center-based programs, they provide opportunities to develop a young child's skill at making positive transitions. 

Temperament Case Study for Use in Training

Use this case study in trainings with mental health consultants, education supervisors, and other early childhood staff. Learn to observe and recognize children's temperance temperament traits and determine if the child-caregiver relationship is a good fit. Use the strategies in the IT3 to explore ways to match caregiving styles to best fit the child’s temperament.

Breastfeeding Success: What Dads Can Do

To create a positive breastfeeding experience, fathers are encouraged to learn about breastfeeding and assume responsibility for household chores to help breastfeeding mothers. Staff, pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, and families may use this information on how fathers can support breastfeeding mothers and participate in activities to promote parent-child bonding.