Many of the Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnership grants have been awarded to organizations that partner with family child care programs. Family child care (FCC) settings are unique and may pose challenges for meeting the EHS-CC Partnership grant requirements. The 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.
View this webinar to learn how individual staff and their agencies can build their capacity to provide high-quality early childhood health services.
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.
Before or during the first three months of employment, training and orientation should detail health and safety issues for early care and education settings. All directors or program administrators and caregivers/teachers should document receipt of training.
Health manager networks promote improvement by building relationships among those in similar positions across Head Start and Early Head Start programs. These networks are more likely to be sustained when there is shared leadership. Three leaders, Rashanda Jenkins from Virginia, and Eric Vaughn and Peggy Kelly from Kansas, describe ways their state Head Start Associations foster health manager network leaders.
Health managers can use these tools when engaging their health manager networks. Find materials discussing the benefits of these networks, as well as other resources to use in your daily work.
Child care health consultants (CCHCs) are health professionals who know about child health, child development, and health and safety in child care settings.
State systems for early childhood education (ECE) programs coordinate and regulate the various services for children from infancy to age 5 and their families. These often include state data systems, assessment of program quality such as Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), and professional development systems for early educators.
Use these guiding questions to evaluate both existing strengths as well as areas for growth in Head Start program operations.
Any program is only as good as its people. A strong human resources system ensures that staff and volunteers have the credentials and competencies needed to provide quality services to children and families.