Human Resources

Strategic Use of Consultants: Resources

Tool Box

Below, organized by activity, are the materials from the Guide for Head Start and Early Head Start Leaders.

Setting the Context

Trying a Fresh Approach

Choosing the Right Person

Creating Strong Contracts

Impacting Change across Program Areas

To learn how highly qualified consultants can support Head Start and EHS leaders and staff in impacting change in particular program areas, view the resources below.

Voices from the Field

Select a program area to learn how Head Start and EHS leaders of diverse programs across the country have effectively engaged consultants to achieve improvement goals in particular programs.

  • Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness
    • Supporting Children’s Spanish Language Development
      This document describes the experience of a large urban program in hiring an external consultant to assist Head Start and Early Head Start program staff in developing skills that support the Spanish language development of children whose primary home language is Spanish.
    • Enhancing Services for Dual Language Learners
      This document describes how a mid-sized, suburban Head Start and Early Head Start program engaged a consultant for help developing a language policy that supports children who are dual language learners and addresses the role that staff and parents can play in supporting dual language learning.
  • Early Head Start
  • Health
    • Increasing Children’s Physical Movement and Outdoor Play
      This document describes how a small Head Start and Early Head Start program in rural, coastal Maine engaged a consultant to support program leaders and staff in designing and building an improved playground to better support physical movement and outdoor play among children.
  • Parent, Family, and Community Engagement
    • Strengthening the Family Partnership Agreement Process
      This document describes how a school district grantee operating Head Start and Early Head Start programs under blending funding engaged a consultant to work with program staff, Policy Council members, and community partners to help develop and implement a more comprehensive and strengths-based family partnership agreement process.
  • Program Management and Fiscal Operations
    • Implementing a Culture of Data
      This document and accompanying video clip describe how a large, urban, nonprofit organization serving more than 1,200 Head Start and Early Head Start children in the Phoenix metro area engaged a consultant to help the organization build and implement a culture of data.
      Implementing a Culture of Data (Video)
    • Strengthening the Self-Assessment Process
      This document describes how a large, nonprofit corporation operating Head Start, Early Head Start, and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start programs in several states utilized internal talent to provide coaching and mentoring support to program managers across the organization as they worked to adopt a consistent and more comprehensive continuous-improvement approach to self-assessment.
  • Quality Teaching and Learning
    • Improving Child Outcomes in Areas Related to School Readiness
      This document describes the experience of a county grantee serving nearly 600 Head Start and Early Head Start children in engaging a consultant to help staff increase their knowledge and competence as a means to improve child outcomes in areas related to school readiness goals.
    • Promoting Children’s Social-Emotional Development
      This document describes how a large Head Start program serving rural and geographically dispersed communities in southeast Kansas hired an independent consultant to help program leadership and staff increase their capacities to promote social-emotional development and prevent challenging behavior among young children.