Steps Local Agencies Can Use to Determine Credential or Degree Equivalency

Head Start and Early Head Start agencies must ensure they have qualified staff in accordance with the Head Start regulations. The Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) include equivalency provisions for some staff roles as part of the educational requirements.

It is the agency’s responsibility to determine equivalency. Local agencies have flexibility in determining and justifying how their employees meet the educational equivalency qualification requirements.

The steps outlined in the following document help guide agencies in the equivalency determination and justification process.

EHS Infant Toddler HSPPS Chart

This document consists of excerpts from the Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS). The excerpts include requirements about serving infants, toddlers and pregnant women and about Early Head Start programs. The relevant terms are highlighted in yellow. Missing text is indicated by […]. Readers are advised to review the complete standards for more information.