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.

Reviewer Resources

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

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.

Program Governance

This session provides a general overview of what program leaders need to know about Program Governance. Learn how to support governance and management personnel in working collaboratively to achieve positive outcomes.

Coaching Corner Series

This series of webinars is offered to coaches in Head Start programs. It provides a chance to connect, share ideas, and develop strategies for coaching teachers and home visitors using the Practice-Based Coaching (PBC) model.

PFCE Framework Webinar Series

With goals and a plan of action in place, the next challenge is to identify ways to measure children’s progress toward meeting goals. Child-level assessment data is collected for individual children by programs using one or more valid and reliable assessment systems. Tools for determining a child’s status and progress include, but are not limited to, direct assessment, structured observations, checklists, staff or parent report measures, and portfolio records or work samples.

Foundation II: Leadership, Systems, and Services

This Head Start A to Z session highlights the important leadership role of Head Start and Early Head Start directors and managers. It also encourages new leaders to look for ways to enhance their leadership skills and knowledge. Explore professional development resources, discuss the power of self-reflection, and consider the benefits of mentoring.

Fiscal Management

Head Start leaders are charged with an enormous task. They help to prepare children for kindergarten and beyond while operating and sustaining a business. Fiscal management is a large part of that task. This two-part session provides a general overview of what Head Start directors need to know and do to oversee fiscal management.