Code Switching: Why It Matters and How to Respond

One-third of the children in Head Start and Early Head Start are dual language learners (DLLs) who are learning English while also learning their home language. Virtually all of these children will code switch. In other words, they mix two or more languages in the same sentence while speaking. It is important that teachers, home visitors, and other staff understand what code switching is, the role it plays in language development, and how to respond to it.

Policies and Procedures

Policies and Procedures for developing a volunteer program cover steps and procedures to be accomplished before a volunteer starts in an organization. Grantees will find this information useful when developing policies and procedures that govern the management of volunteers. Clarifying the need for volunteers, developing goals and objectives, and writing position/task descriptions are some of the preliminary tasks.

Leadership

The changes and challenges facing Head Start leaders are complex. They do not have simple solutions and cannot be addressed by one individual. They require the talents, creativity, and leadership of everyone. This 3-part series on Leadership in Management Matters resource provide insight in leadership.

Consultant Opportunities

If you are interested in becoming a consultant or reviewer for Head Start, visit this website.

Screening, Assessment, Evaluation, and Observation

These are tools for learning about a child. They provide information about each child's interests, strengths, and needs. Screening gives a picture of whether the child's development is on track. Assessment is an ongoing process which provides information about development over time. Observation, watching a child in order to learn about her, is a part of assessment. When there is a concern about a child's development, early intervention providers do an evaluation.

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.

Reviewer Resources

If you are a reviewer with login access, select this link to access the Head Start Monitoring Knowledge Base website.

Head Start Bilingual Glossary

Use this glossary that provides an accurate and consistent terminology database for translating Head Start materials from English into Spanish.

At-a-Glance Comparison: Tribal Child Care and Development Fund and American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start

Tribes have requirements in their two-year Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) plans to coordinate the delivery of services with other tribal, federal, state, and local early childhood development programs, such as Head Start. This chart provides a quick glance that compares tribal child care with Head Start programs, and can be used by American Indian and Alaska Head Start programs to further their collaboration efforts.