Home-Based Program Option Publications

The home-based program option is one of the types of services offered to Head Start families. These four publications are designed for different audiences. They address different aspects of the home-based program option and are meant to be used collaboratively.

OpenDoors is the new interactive version of these materials. To date, the Home Visitor’s Handbook and the Supervisor's Handbook are available through OpenDoors.

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Home-Based Supervisor's Handbook for the Head Start Home-Based Program Option

Discover materials and strategies to support program supervisors' work with home visitors. This interactive handbook is a useful resource for home visiting managers and staff. It includes background information on the home-based program option. The handbook also provides tools for selecting, supervising, and supporting home-based staff and offers tips to help home visitors serve families.

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Home Visitor's Handbook for the Head Start Home-Based Program Option

This interactive handbook discusses the effectiveness of home visiting as a service delivery method. It outlines the necessary relationship building process with families. It also offers home visitors an understanding of the comprehensive services they offer to families. Through written materials, multimedia, and resources, it details how home visitors can get support. Explore frequently asked questions about the home-based program option. Part of OpenDoors for The Home-Based Option, the handbook is available on your computer, tablet, and mobile phone.

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A Parent's Guide to the Head Start Home-Based Program Option

Helping a child learn and grow is a big and exciting job. Home visiting staff and others who work with families in home-based programs can share this useful guide with parents. It introduces parents to the home-based program option. It also shares ideas that can enhance the partnership between the parent and the home visitor. [PDF, 1.26MB]

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Program Administrator's Checklist for the Head Start Home-Based Program Option

This checklist defines the unique nature of the home-based program option and its effectiveness. It also helps Early Head Start program directors assess whether this program option is appropriate for the community they serve. The checklist will help them address those questions they will need to answer in order to reach the best decision. [PDF, 1.11MB]

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Last Reviewed: September 2015

Last Updated: September 15, 2015