he following resources have been collected to support FCC programs and their partners. They may be helpful to those working in an EHS-FCC partnership for the first time.
For over fifty years, Head Start* has had a commitment to health and wellness. Promotion and prevention activities are central to the program’s requirement to provide comprehensive services to support children’s healthy growth and development. Today, a growing body of research demonstrates that healthy growth and development are critical for school readiness and later learning. Recent studies suggest that high-quality early childhood health and nutrition services provide the foundation for lifelong wellness.
The Head Start Health Services Competencies Professional Development Assessment (PDA) is a companion document to the Head Start Health Services Competencies: A Tool to Support Health Managers and Staff (The Competencies Tool). The Competencies Tool is a framework for identifying the critical attitudes, knowledge, and skills to implement effective health services. Attitudes refers to what an individual values; knowledge refers to what an individual knows; and skills refers to what an individual can do. The 68 competencies are organized into four categories. In the PDA, each competency has four levels of accomplishment along a continuum of strengths. Program directors, health managers, and health staff can use the PDA themselves and with the staff they supervise to promote successful job performance and support career development.
Use these guiding questions to evaluate both existing strengths as well as areas for growth in Head Start program operations.
Learning for New Leaders: Head Start A to Z is a collection of sessions and resources designed to address the unique needs of new Head Start and Early Head Start leaders. New directors, managers, and other leaders may use these materials for individual professional development. They also can be used in face-to-face group and distance learning settings to orient and support new directors and managers.
Excellence in early childhood education (ECE) programs is built on a workforce that promotes continuous program improvement.
Professional development is the continuous process of acquiring new knowledge, skills, and abilities, along with experience and competencies that relate to one’s profession, job responsibilities, or work environment.
Professional Development in Head Start, Part 1: History of Professional Development in Head Start
Part 2: Why Professional Development is Important
These tools, for new and experienced staff, address science-informed practices for early childhood health staff. Each is indicative of an attitude, knowledge, or skill. Use this for professional development.