Training Guides for the Head Start Learning Community: Abstracts

The Training Guides CD-ROM is a great resource for Head Start staff and parents, and it’s available by order. The resources support community partnerships; disabilities; education; family partnerships; health and safety; literacy; management systems and procedures; parent involvement; program governance; social services; and transitions.

 

Community Partnerships
Disabilities
Education
Family Partnerships
Health and Safety
Literacy
Management Systems and Procedures
Parent Involvement
Program Governance
Social Services
Transition

Foundation Training Guides focus on the key values and behaviors needed by your staff in order to support the Head Start approach and the Head Start Program Performance Standards. Technical Training Guides address complex skills and specific knowledge needed to advance the growth of children, parents, and staff.

Community Partnerships
Design for Family Support. Develop the essential partnership-building skills enabling families to achieve goals for a better life. Designed for all staff, this technical guide reinforces Head Start's role as a family support program and defines the framework for achieving the goal. Topics include the resources needed to effectively design family support programs, principles effecting the creation of programs, and the management responsibilities involved in maintaining the programs.

Disabilities
Including Children With Significant Disabilities in Head Start. Enhances the skills of Head Start to meet the needs of children with more significant disabilities and their parents. To aid in recruitment, this training guide focuses on helping Head Start staff identify how their own experiences and assumptions influence relationships with significantly disabled children; design early intervention strategies and adapt existing practices to more fully support the children; and work effectively with services providers and community agencies.

Leading the Way: Disabilities Services and the Management Team. Head Start managers are provided with the skills and knowledge needed to plan and implement integrated services for children with disabilities and their families. This technical training guide helps managers develop a broader view of their roles and set the stage for developing a more collaborative and coordinated way of working with each other, LEAs and with other community agencies.

Setting The Stage: Including Children With Disabilities in Head Start. Helps to orient Head Start staff to the concept of inclusion and its implications for providing Head Start services to children with disabilities and their families; reinforces the program-wide effort necessary to include children with disabilities in the program; and strengthens staff skills in order to foster and sustain meaningful inclusion. It is useful to all Head Start programs – those that have just begun to reach out and serve children with more significant disabilities as well as programs that have considerable experience in the area.

Supporting Children with Challenging Behaviors: Relationships Are Key. Teaching teams are provided with a process for reflecting on their own practice, assessing difficult situations, and designing interventions through joint problem solving that support both children and adults.

Translating the IEP into Everyday Practice. Building staff skills in individualizing for children with disabilities. Assists all staff in increasing knowledge of individualizing children with disabilities by demonstrating how to analyze and adapt routines, activities, and rules so that children with disabilities can fully participate in the classroom setting. In addition, the guide offers ideas on collaborating with other specialists and community agencies, as well as helping parents build their knowledge and confidence so that they can be effective advocates for their children.

Education
Enhancing Children's Growth and Development. Families, neighborhoods, communities and cultures affect children. Education staff members learn to apply knowledge of how children grow and develop to planning, implementing and evaluating activities and experiences in the center, at home, and during group socialization sessions through this technical training guide.

Individualizing: A Plan for Success. Individualizing activities based on the child's abilities; family, culture, and home language; health status; likes and dislikes; needs; preferred learning styles; special interests; strengths; and temperament is basic to the philosophy of Head Start. Classroom staff use this curriculum as a guide for implementing and individualized child development and education approach, whether in a center or a home-based setting. The guide describes the four interrelated steps for creating successful individualization programs: screening, evaluation, planning and on-going assessment.

Observation and Recording: Tools for Decision-Making. Assists programs in creating successful individualization goals. Develops the skills of program staff in order to make the thoughtful decisions about program planning for each child. This technical guide provides an overview on carefully and objectively paying attention to children's behavior; recording these details in a structured manner; working with parents to enhance observations; and analyzing and interpreting the observations to better understand each child's needs.

Family Partnerships
Family Partnerships: A Continuous Process. Creating and maintaining family partnerships is a continuous process, one which requires continuous careful monitoring. This guide offers four modules for all staff to develop methods to support families through ascertaining and working with the family's specific interests, goals, strengths, needs, significant life events, and internal and external supports. The ultimate goal is to develop a plan to aid the family to reach its goals.

Supporting Family Learning. Assists in designing educational activities to empower parents to become more fully engaged as their child's first and primary teacher. Head Start staff learn to expand and individualize support for family learning. Modules address developing skills and knowledge of how children learn, ways to enhance their learning, and ways to enhance family learning through observing home learning environments, developing interactive parent/child learning activities, and developing family literacy programs.

Health and Safety
Caring for Children With Chronic Conditions. "What ifs" dominate staff and family members' concerns about children who live with medical conditions that require regular attention. Management team members and program staff learn how to make reasonable accommodations in program policies, protocols, or procedures as a framework toward meeting the special health needs of these children.

Enhancing Health in the Head Start Workplace. This technical training guide increases the understanding and skills of Head Start staff in identifying the various ways in which employee health affects the effectiveness of the organization; design training programs which encourage employees to improve their own health; understand how the organization contributes to the overall health of employees; and implement policies which allow employees to enjoy the best health possible.

Preventing and Managing Communicable Diseases. The skills of Head Start staff and families in dealing with communicable diseases are improved. Specifically, the technical training guide addresses attitudes toward communicable diseases; how to reduce the spread of disease and how to recognize and manage illnesses more effectively.

Promoting Mental Health. This technical training guide encourages mental health promotion for all members of the Head Start community. Activities build skills in creating responsive, respectful relationships with coworkers, parents and children are an integral part in building programs that promote the ability of children and families to respond well to challenge and adversity.

Safety First: Preventing and Managing Childhood Injuries. Setting up safe environments and teaching safe behaviors can minimize the severity of childhood injuries. This guide is a developmental for increasing all staff's ability to handle injuries in Head Start programs. It offers training on the common causes of injuries and their relationship to child development; how to prepare policies, procedures and provisions for emergencies, caring for and documenting injuries that occur in the program; and how to create a safe environment in both the classroom and the home.

Sustaining a Healthy Environment. The benefits offered by the natural world can be diminished by human actions and in some instances become potential dangers. The three modules in this program offer program staff information and activities that will broaden understanding of the natural environment and incorporate environmental enrichment and protection into their programs. The guide examines the immediate issues of identifying environmental risks, preventing harm, and making long-term ecological choices in both the home and the Head Start center.

Well Child Health Care. Teaches staff how to explain the importance of health care screenings to parents and develop partnerships with medical professionals. Instills in health care coordinators and program staff the goal of assuring health screening, assessment and follow-up for every child as a preventative measure to early diagnosis of disease and health problems. The guide also aids staff in evaluating the quality of their own program's exam practices and assists strategies for program improvement.

Literacy
Effective Transition Practices: Facilitating Continuity. Identifying elements of effective transition is the first step in assisting children to learn to accept change openly and with enthusiasm. Head Start staff, families, and other members of the local early childhood community smooth the path of change. This guide helps classroom staff look at requirements for supporting children and families preparing for and experiencing transition and developing transition practices to facilitate continuity between settings.

Emerging Literacy: Linking Social Competence to Learning. Literacy is a gradual process involving both oral and written communications skills. This guide outlines for all program staff the ongoing process through which children naturally make sense of language. The report also describes how best to encourage children's literacy through positive adult responses to children's communications and by providing children with the time, space, and materials to make independent literacy discoveries.

Management Systems and Procedures
Participating in the Management Process. This foundation guide introduces Head Start staff and parents to the concepts that management is a team process; everyone plays a part in achieving a quality program; and change is an element that Head Start programs must continuously address.

Cultivating Successful Management Teams. Productive management teams develop team processes, apply strategies, and strengthen relationships. This training guide, created for directors and program managers, looks at internal systems in an effort to offer quality services. Specific subjects include fiscal management, planning, communicating, record keeping, reporting, training and staff development, program self-assessment, and monitoring support.

Leading Head Start into the Future. This technical training guide is designed to build self-awareness using tools to assess organizational needs and identifying and modeling the characteristics of effective leaders.

Planning and Reviewing for Success. Participants are prepared to develop strategic and operational plans. The importance of program evaluation is emphasized in this technical training guide. Topics include: developing long- and short-range goals; building project management skills and evaluating how effectively program objectives have been met.

Parent Involvement
Building on Success. Head Start staff work in partnership with parents on self-sufficiency goals. This technical training guide focuses on the skills needed to develop a personal plan for education and employment; create career ladder opportunities for parents within the Head Start program; and mobilize community resources to support families.

Communicating with Parents. The value of effective communications by program staff in building partnerships with parents is the primary focus of this training guide. The guide covers effective speaking and listening skills; clear and concise writing for a variety of readers; and planning communication strategies at a program level.

Designing Parenting Education Programs. Developing comprehensive family learning opportunities is the focus of this technical training guide. Provides staff and parents, who jointly have been tasked with planning their program's parenting education opportunities, additional skills to work together. Specifically examines gathering information, reviewing resources, and creating new materials and activities to develop a parent education plan.

Partners in Decision-Making. A technical training guide with an emphasis on creating a climate for decision-making partners; building a trusting relationships among team members; and decision-making strategies. Helps staff and parents work together as a team while respecting each other's unique contribution to the group process and to the Head Start program.

Program Governance
Fostering Program Governance. Head Start Directors, managers, parents and volunteers are oriented to the duties and responsibilities of Policy Councils and boards through this technical training guide. Participants practice program and organizational planning.

Social Services
Building Supportive Communities. The mounting issues and concerns of today's families require both new and renewed community building efforts. This foundation guide assists classroom staff in working in the areas of health, parent involvement, and education. This three-module set illustrates ways to create positive relationships among all invested partners to provide critical support for Head Start children and families.

Community Partnerships: Working Together. The capacity of staff to facilitate the development of community partnerships is expanded in this technical training guide. The activities provide strategies for programs, staff and families to join and work together within the community, participate on behalf of families, and build supportive peer relationships.

Supporting Families in Crisis. When a family's pattern of functioning is upset, intervention can be needed. This technical guide provides Head Start staff a framework for understanding, identifying, and responding to family crises. The guide explores safety issues posed by crisis situations and strategies to reduce personal risk while preventing crises in vulnerable families.

Transition
Infant and Toddler Transitions. Early Head Start and Head Start families, managers, and staff are aided in developing skills and practices that support the healthy development and transitions of infants and toddlers and their families. Through this technical training guide, staff and families learn to examine infant and toddler transitions from a developmental perspective; individualize routines and practices to support each child's needs; plan for transitions that ensure consistency and continuity; and implement measures for evaluating the quality and effectiveness of transitions.

Planning for Transitions. As an investment with long- and short-term benefits, planning for early childhood transitions needs to involve parents, Head Start staff and other early childhood practitioners through out the transition process. The four modules in the training will enable Head Start classroom staff to assess current practices, sustain key partners in the process, and to develop goals, actions steps, timelines and tracking systems to monitor implementation and review process. This is a companion to the technical guide Effective Transition Practices: facilitating Continuity.

Training Guides for the Head Start Learning Community: Abstracts. HHS/ACF/OHS. 2008. English.

Last Reviewed: May 2012

Last Updated: November 13, 2014