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POLICY:

The program will ensure all staff have sufficient knowledge, training and experience, and competencies to fulfill the roles and responsibilities of their positions to ensure high-quality service delivery. 

Degree Requirements:

HEAD START CENTER-BASED TEACHER:

All Head Start center-based teachers have at least an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in child development or early childhood education. 

No less than fifty percent of all Head Start center-based teachers, nationwide, have a baccalaureate degree in child development, early childhood education, or equivalent coursework. 

HEAD START TEACHING ASSISTANTS:

At least a child development associate (CDA) credential; or 

Be enrolled in a program leading to an associate or baccalaureate degree; or 

Be enrolled in a child development associate (CDA) credential program to be completed within 2 years of the time of hire. 

HEAD START HOME VISITORS:

A minimum of a home-based CDA credential or comparable credential, or equivalent coursework as part of an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. 

HEAD START FAMILY SERVICE SPECIALIST (FSS):

FSS staff who work directly with families on the family partnership process hired after November 7, 2016, have within eighteen months of hire, at a minimum, a credential or certification in a social work, human services, family services, counseling or a related field. 

HEAD START EDUCATION MANAGER:

A baccalaureate or advanced degree in early childhood education; or 

A baccalaureate or advanced degree and coursework equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education, with experience teaching preschool-age children. 

HEAD START HEALTH MANAGER:

A program must ensure health procedures are performed only by a licensed or certified health professional. 

FAMILY & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MANAGER: 

Hired after November 7, 2016, must have, at a minimum, a baccalaureate degree, preferably related to one or more of the disciplines he or she oversees. 

DISABILITIES COORDINATOR:

Hired after November 7, 2016, must have, at a minimum, a baccalaureate degree, preferably related to one or more of the disciplines he or she oversees. 

COACH:

A minimum of a baccalaureate degree in early childhood education or a related field. 

HEAD START DIRECTOR:

Hired after November 7, 2016, has at a minimum, a baccalaureate degree and experience in supervision of staff, fiscal management, and administration. 

FINANCE DIRECTOR:

Hired after November 7, 2016 is a certified public accountant or has, at a minimum, a baccalaureate degree in accounting, business, fiscal management, or a related field. 

MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTANT:

Licensed or certified mental health professionals. A program must use mental health consultants with knowledge of and experienced in serving young children and their families, if available in the community. 

NUTRITION CONSULTANT:

Registered Dietitians or Nutritionists.

 

This policy complies with the following

Head Start Program Performance Standard:   1302.91 Staff qualifications and competency requirements
ODJFS Child Care Manual:    
CACFP Regulation:    
Caring for Our Children:    
Other Sources:   Head Start Act 648A a 2 B i, 648A a 2 B ii, Act 645a h, 648A a 3 B
Approved by Policy Council:    
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