Head Start Health Services Competencies: A Tool to Support Health Managers and Staff

For over fifty years, Head Start* has had a commitment to health and wellness. Promotion and prevention activities are central to the program’s requirement to provide comprehensive services to support children’s healthy growth and development. Today, a growing body of research demonstrates that healthy growth and development are critical for school readiness and later learning. Recent studies suggest that high-quality early childhood health and nutrition services provide the foundation for lifelong wellness.

Head Start Health Services Competencies Professional Development Assessment

The Head Start Health Services Competencies Professional Development Assessment (PDA) is a companion document to the Head Start Health Services Competencies: A Tool to Support Health Managers and Staff (The Competencies Tool). The Competencies Tool is a framework for identifying the critical attitudes, knowledge, and skills to implement effective health services. Attitudes refers to what an individual values; knowledge refers to what an individual knows; and skills refers to what an individual can do. The 68 competencies are organized into four categories. In the PDA, each competency has four levels of accomplishment along a continuum of strengths. Program directors, health managers, and health staff can use the PDA themselves and with the staff they supervise to promote successful job performance and support career development.

The Head Start Program Planning Cycle Presentation Slides

Program planning is one of the 10 Head Start management systems. It is key to operating an effective and high quality Head Start or Early Head Start program. This Management Matters video presentation and supporting materials focus on the Head Start Program Planning Cycle.

Facilities File Checklist

It is the responsibility of the grantee to provide for construction inspections and supervision to assure the project is being constructed according to contract documents. Program directors and facilities managers can use this sample file checklist as part of their recordkeeping of the project, which can support future audits.