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.

    Educational Requirements for Head Start Staff: A Series of Briefs

    To meet Head Start regulations, all programs must ensure they have qualified staff in place. The educational requirements and skills differ for the many roles and positions in Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Use these briefs to help determine and justify how your employees meet the requirements.

      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.

      Topic:Human Resources

      Keywords:Credentialing, Staff qualifications

      Resource Type: Article

      National Centers: Office of Head Start

      Last Updated: April 19, 2019