Explore the Head Start and Early Head Start Relationship-Based Competencies for Staff and Supervisors Who Work with Families. It outlines the necessary knowledge, skills, and actions for staff working with families in Head Start and Early Head Start programs. These competencies represent both research-based and best practices in the early childhood, human services, and social work fields.
Programs should implement relationship-based policies and program practices that promote consistency and continuity of care, especially for infants and toddlers. Early care and education programs should provide opportunities for each child to build emotionally secure relationships with a limited number of caregivers/teachers. Children with special health care needs may require additional specialists to promote health and safety and to support learning.