Professional Development-to-Go

Explore options for meeting the Head Start professional development requirements of 15 clock hours per year. Many of the provided resources can create positive and lasting impacts on job performance.

Individual Career Development

Focus on your own career development. Identify your vision, goals, motivation, and approaches to learning. Consider the possibility of an overall career path as opposed to focusing only on the current job.

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.

Focusing on Success

A successful life is built layer by layer with a combination of vision, perseverance and hard work.  Parents and staff will learn from these true life stories about the challenges, dreams, and successes of three Head Start parents.

EarlyEdU Alliance Higher Education Learning Modules

These learning modules are highlights of higher education courses from the EarlyEdU Alliance. These learning modules go a bit deeper since they combine theory and the latest early childhood education research with students’ field-based learning.

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.

Healthy Habits for Happy Smiles

This series of handouts for pregnant women and parents of infants and young children provides simple tips on oral health issues.

A Healthy Mouth for Your Baby

This booklet identifies five steps to protect a young child’s teeth. Parents and child-care providers may use this resource to gain basic information on child dental care. The strategies for protecting a baby’s teeth include preventing bottle tooth decay and taking a child to the dentist.

Immunization Documentation

Programs should require that all parents/guardians of enrolled children provide written documentation of receipt of immunizations appropriate for each child's age. Infants, children, and adolescents should be immunized as specified in the “Recommended Immunization Schedules for Persons Aged 0 Through 18 Years,” developed by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. Children whose immunizations are not up-to-date or have not been administered according to the recommended schedule should receive the required immunizations, unless contraindicated or for legal exemptions.