Head Start Health Services Competencies
Discover two new tools around service competencies. The National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness (NCECHW) introduces the Head Start Health Services Competencies: A Tool to Support Health Managers and Staff and the Head Start Health Services Competencies Professional Development Assessment. Learn what health services staff need to know and be able to support young children and their families. Explore how to use these tools to create an individualized approach to gaining the knowledge and skills to provide high quality health services.
The New Head Start Health Services Competencies Webinar
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The New Head Start Health Competencies: What are they and how can they help your program?
Originally aired: May 5, 2016
Welcome. Thank you for joining us for the New Head Start Health Services
What are They, and How can They Help You in your Program? My name is April Williams, and I'm a
resource manager for the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness. We are so pleased to
have the opportunity to introduce the Head Start Health Services Competencies that health managers
and health service staff can use to strengthen their health-related knowledge and skills. So first off, I'll
turn it over to our presenters to introduce themselves.
Hi, everyone. My name is Nancy Topping
Tailby. I've worked in the Head Start community at a local, state, and national level for over 20 years, and have been providing training and
technical assistance on health and safety topics since 2011. Steve?
Hi. My name is Steve Shuman. I've been a Head Start director and have been providing
technical assistance and training on early childhood public health topics to both Head Start and childcare
Great. Thank you so much for joining us, Steve and Nancy. So next, we will hear from you, and see
who's here in the audience with us today. So you have a poll right there on your screen, and let us know
what role you have in your program. I see you guys are answering. Great, thank you. We have some
health managers mostly on the line. And it looks like health services staff is jumping up there. Thank you. Thank you for joining us. And then next we've got nutrition staff and other managers. They're about
equal. Thank you so much, everyone, for joining us. We'll give it a couple more minutes. I see the
well, a couple more seconds. I see the numbers are still changing.
Okay. It looks like we're about half health managers that are here on the call. Thank you, everyone, for
joining. So we'll go to the next slide. Okay, take it away. Thank you.
Thanks, April. After watching today's webinar, participants will be able to identify the role of
Competencies in professional and organizational development, increase their awareness of the Head
Start Health Services Competencies and the Professional Development Assessment tools, and consider
how to use these tools to support ongoing learning and continuous program improvement.
So what are the Competencies? Competencies are not regulations. They provide the evidence for performing functions successfully. Competencies are one way for an individual to determine what he or
she values or does not value, knows or does not know, and can or cannot do. They are important
because they describe critical areas for individual and organizational performance. Competencies can
also help programs and health services staff to identify areas where they may need additional professional development.
Four principles frame the development of the Competencies. As demonstrated in current research by
Nobel laureate James Heckman, high
quality early childhood health and nutrition services provide the
foundation for lifelong wellness. The quality of health services that programs provide improves when
Explore the full set of Head Start Health Services Competencies. They address science-informed practices for early childhood health staff. Each is indicative of an attitude, knowledge, or skill. Health leaders and staff can use this tool to identify areas of strength as well as areas for improvement.
This assessment lists each competency and four levels of accomplishment. Program directors and health managers and staff can use this tool alone and with the staff they supervise to promote successful job performance and support career development.
Last Updated: October 31, 2017