Human Resources

Head Start Staff Qualifications

Head Start programs must ensure all staff, consultants, and contractors have sufficient knowledge, training, experience, and competencies to fulfill the roles and duties of their position. Explore the resources below to understand these requirements. Review what qualifications and skills staff must have to provide quality Head Start services.

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Educational Requirements for Head Start Staff: A Series of Briefs

    Education Requirements for Head Start Directors

    Use this brief to identify the key qualities, skills, and capacities programs should consider when hiring a Head Start director.

    Education Requirements for Fiscal Officers

    Programs can use this brief to identify the pertinent qualities, skills, and capacities to consider when hiring Head Start fiscal officers. 

    Education Requirements for Family Services Managers and Staff

    Explore this brief to better understand the Head Start regulations and education requirements for family services managers and staff.

    Education Requirements for Health Services Managers and Health Professionals

    Use this brief to review the Head Start regulations and education requirements for health services managers and professionals (e.g., mental health consultants and staff or consultants who support nutrition services).

    Education Requirements for Education Managers

    Explore this brief to learn how to find and hire the right candidate to fill an education manager position. Learn how to match potential applicants with the necessary knowledge, skills, and competencies. 

    Education Requirements for Disabilities Managers

    Use this brief to discover how to find and hire the right candidate for the disabilities manager position. Explore how to match potential applicants with the necessary knowledge, skills, and competencies. 

    Education Requirements for Center-Based Infant and Toddler Teachers

    Explore this brief to learn how to find and hire the right candidate to fill an infant/toddler teaching position. Learn ways to match potential applicants with the necessary knowledge, skills, and competencies. 

    Education Requirements for Center-Based Preschool Teachers

    In this brief, explore ways to find and hire the right candidate to fill preschool teaching positions. Learn how to match potential applicants with the required knowledge, skills, and competencies.

    Education Requirements for Center-Based Preschool Assistant Teachers

    Learn how to find and hire the right candidate to fill an assistant teacher position in Head Start and Early Head Start. Explore how to match applicants with the required knowledge, skills, and competencies. 

    Education Requirements for Family Child Care Providers

    Recruiting qualified family child care providers in Head Start and Early Head Start programs can be a challenge. Use this brief to find providers who meet the required knowledge, skills, and competencies.

    Education Requirements for Child Development Specialists

    Learn ways to find and hire the right candidate to fill a child development specialist position. Explore how to match applicants with the necessary knowledge, skills, and competencies. 

    Education Requirements for Home Visitors

    Discover how to find and hire the right candidate to be a home visitor. Explore ways to match applicants with the required knowledge, skills, and competencies. 

    Education Requirements for Coaches

    Explore ways to find and hire the right candidate to fill an open coach position. Learn how to match potential applicants with the necessary knowledge, skills, and competencies.

    Last Updated: January 18, 2019