Learn how to develop training and professional development programs that build staff capacity and support the continuous improvement of services to children and families.
Professional development systems provide consistent standards for early childhood education (ECE) programs and guide implementation of high-quality services for all children. The systems are designed to work across all sectors of private and public early education and care.
Explore staff development focused on gaining knowledge and skills related to job performance in early childhood education (ECE) programs. The Office of Head Start requires a minimum of 15 clock hours of professional development per year.
Directors and caregivers/teachers should successfully complete intentional and sequential education/professional development in child development programming and child health, safety, and staff health based on individual competency and any special needs of the children in their care.
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.
Mentoring in Head Start programs offers a number of advantages including training opportunities, career advancement, and the ability to exchange ideas with other master teachers. Human resources and senior staff can learn how to individualize personnel through training and development.