Professional Development

Program Management

Program management is critical to providing high-quality services to children and families. Trainers, coaches, and individuals interested in professional development can use these resources to ensure all management systems work together. When they do, the management systems inform and influence the quality of Head Start and other early childhood programs' service delivery. These materials may be used for stand-up training and small group facilitation and discussions. Some resources are self-directed, interactive learning modules that can be used for small groups and individually.

Explore program management training resources in the following categories:

  • Program Governance
  • Leadership
  • Financial Management
  • Data Management
  • Self-Assessment
  • Learning for New Leaders

Program Governance

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Discover what knowledge, skills, roles, and responsibilities are necessary to fulfill the functions of program governance.


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Head Start leaders face changes and challenges in delivering high-quality early education and services to young children and their families. Explore these resources to learn how to enhance leadership development in your program.

Financial Management

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Fiscal management ensures accountability for federal assets and compliance with regulations, and includes internal controls. Find resources to guide programs in making the most of their financial resources.

Data Management

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The Head Start Program Performance Standards require that programs establish procedures on data management. Learn how programs can use data from ongoing assessment to address program needs, evaluate compliance, and achieve program goals.


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Explore how self-assessment helps programs determine if they are doing everything they can to benefit the children and families they serve.

Learning for New Leaders

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Discover and learn to address the unique needs of new Head Start and Early Head Start leaders.