Submission of Tangible Personal Property Report (SF-428)

ACF-PI-HS-17-04 notifies grantees of the requirements around SF-428 and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Payment Management System (PMS). Grantees are required to provide Tangible Personal Property Report SF-428 and SF-428B, and SF-428S if needed, not later than 90 days after the close of the project period.

Even Plants Can Be Poisonous

Plants are important to our health and well-being, and they can help children understand and respect the natural world. However, some plants and seeds can be harmful when eaten or touched. According to Caring for Our Children Standard 5.2.9.10: Prohibition of Poisonous Plants, poisonous or potentially harmful plants are not allowed in any part of a child care facility. If Head Start management or staff are unsure whether a plant is toxic, they can work with the Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) to identify it and determine whether it is safe. Review the list of common household plants to learn which are poisonous. Staff also can share the list with families so they can protect their children and pets from toxic plants at home.

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.

National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning (NCECDTL)

The National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning has been awarded to Zero to Three in collaboration with Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of Denver Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy, Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS) at the University of Washington, WestEd, Child Care Aware of America, and AEM Corporation. The Center is jointly administered by the Office of Head Start (OHS) and the Office of Child Care (OCC).

Professional Development Resources from Other Organizations

It takes a village to raise a child. Likewise, it takes the collective efforts of many to develop resources and support those who teach and advocate for children. Below are links to federal offices, national organizations, and research institutions where you will find more resources regarding professional development.

Practice-Based Coaching (PBC)

Practice-Based Coaching (PBC) uses a cyclical process supports teachers’ use of effective teaching practices leading to positive outcomes for children. PBC occurs in the context of collaborative partnerships.

Early Educator Central

Explore the Early Educator Central website. Find resources that support infant-toddler educators as they work along their career pathway. Browse materials for administrators, trainers and coaches, and professional development system leaders.

15-minute In-service Suites

These 15-minute In-service Suites are a professional development resource for staff in busy, active early childhood centers and programs. They are organized around one topic or big idea and address effective teaching and assessment practices.