Professional Development

Head Start Coaching Companion

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The Head Start Coaching Companion is a video sharing and coaching feedback application for early care and education staff and providers. It helps coaches and coachees and peer-coaching teams work together, even between coach visits or from a distance. Share video files, ask questions, and exchange feedback. Also, develop individualized coaching plans that support quality teaching and positive outcomes for young children.

Who can use the Coaching Companion?

Teachers, family child care providers, home visitors, and coaches can use the Coaching Companion's video library to view examples of teaching practices. They can also share their own classroom or home-based videos and track progress through the three major components of Practice-Based Coaching (PBC): Shared Goals and Action Planning, Focused Observation, and Reflection and Feedback. PBC is a coaching model designed with Head Start programs in mind. However, its components align well with a variety of coaching models used across states and territories.


For more information, refer to the Coaching Companion handout and frequently asked questions or contact