Documentation-Volunteers Services

Grantees and delegate agencies will find this resource useful when documenting volunteer services. An agency's volunteer services should be documented similarly as for its employees, including time and attendance records or activity sheets.

Head Start Staff Qualifications

Head Start programs must ensure all staff, consultants, and contractors have sufficient knowledge, training, experience, and competencies to fulfill the roles and duties of their position. FInd the resources to understand these requirements.

Community Assessment Matrix

The community assessment describes the context in which Head Start and Early Head Start programs operate and is useful for ensuring that the correct services are provided to the appropriate population. This resource can assist program staff in coordinating their efforts to gather information required for a community assessment. The assessment paints a picture of the community and describes the diverse needs of families who may receive services. In addition, the community assessment covers the community's history, its economic and political scene, and its strengths and challenges.

Teachers, Caregivers, and Family Service Staff Support Children Who Are Dual Language Learners

Home language support is the foundation for developing English language skills. Today’s early childhood staff must be prepared to enhance experiences for a growing number of young children who are learning their home languages and English. We can promote positive experiences for these children by holding high expectations and emphasizing their strengths, including cultural and linguistic strengths. We also provide children and their families with the individualized learning supports necessary to succeed in school. All early childhood program staff want to understand what young dual language learners (DLLs) need in order to thrive in Head Start and beyond. These DLL Toolkit resources give teachers, caregivers, and family services staff support to foster the learning and development of young children.

Oral Health Resources for Staff

The resource materials listed below will help Head Start and child care staff learn about oral health for pregnant women, infants, and young children. Topics include dental visits, fluoride, nutrition, oral health care, oral hygiene, and safety and emergency first aid.

Scholarships and Grants to Pay for Education

Discover opportunities to help finance your education. Prospective students can search through different types of financial aid to find the scholarships and grants that best suit their individual needs. These resources include both public and private funding and represent a variety of interests.

Oral Health Resources for Families

These resource materials can help families learn about oral health for pregnant women, infants and young children. Topics include dental visits, fluoride, nutrition, oral health care, oral hygiene, and safety and emergency first aid.

Tribal Consultation Reports

The Office of Head Start (OHS) convenes Tribal Consultation sessions as required by Section 640(1)(4) of the Head Start Act and in conformity with the Department of Health and Human Services Tribal Consultation Policy. The consultations provide a forum for discussing how to better meet the needs of American Indian and Alaska Native children and families. Tribal Consultation reports reflect comments and recommendations raised by Tribal leaders and their representatives; comments and responses from OHS; and areas identified at the Tribal Consultations as requiring follow up by OHS.

Planned Language Approach (PLA): Research Based Literacy and Language Practices

Research has found that certain skills and circumstances predict children’s success in learning to read and doing well in school. It has identified language and literacy practices that work best when teaching culturally and linguistically diverse children. This includes children who speak two or more languages, or dual language learners (DLLs). This body of research supports the Planned Language Approach (PLA).