For Current Credential Candidates Supporting the Candidate in the Credentialing Process The following is a list of suggestions to help guide family services and health services candidates through the credential process. It is recommended that a Credential Supervisor be in a current position in the program as a family or health services manager/coordinator and have at least five years of experience in family or health services, with at least three of those years spent in a Head Start program.
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The Two Generations Together Initiative is focused on increasing awareness of two-generation adult education and job training models that are part of the comprehensive child and family services delivered by Head Start programs across the country.
Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships
Potential Candidates About the NHSA Health Services Credentials Program The NHSA Health Services Credentials Program is designed especially for Head Start health services providers! This professional development course offers an opportunity for health services staff to demonstrate their knowledge and skills. The credential course is competency-based and organized in a self-study, portfolio format.
Ron Herndon Head Start Parent Scholarship This scholarship honors Ron Herndon’s tireless efforts championing Head Start parents. The Ron Herndon scholarship celebrates Head Start parents who, through their own efforts to mobilize other parents and community members, have affected real change in their Head Start programs and/or communities.
Aubrey Puckett Memorial Award National Staff Award in memory of Aubrey Puckett – this award celebrates a Head Start alum (parent or child) now working for a Head Start or Early Head Start program who demonstrates their passion for serving through advocacy, career growth, and being actively involved in their program, community, or the state/national level to benefit Head Start families. Award-specific criteria:
2014-2015 Credentials Program Application
Two Generations Together Institute On January 26th, 2015, NHSA hosted a day-long Two Generations Together Institute. Program leaders from the featured programs shared their stories and strategies in the morning, and in the afternoon a series of panels offered insights into designing your own two-generation work from both local program leaders and national experts. The sessions were recorded to preserve the important lessons and conversations from the Institute! Watch each one below.
April 8th, 2015 - 2:00 PM EDT
Securing 2Gen Funding Streams The second episode in the National Head Start Association's Two Generations Together Webinar Series, this webinar will explore public and private strategies Head Start grantees have pursued as they designed programs to support their families' needs for education, job training, and living wage employment. Hear from Southwest Human Development, a local foundation, and staff of the National Head Start Association and National Community Action Partnership with a broad perspective on funding opportunities.
NHSA is excited to be launching a partnership with the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) that will provide grants of over $160,000 over three years to five Head Start programs to enhance their family engagement work by incorporating NCFL's Family Learning program.
Measuring family engagement through parents' own words NHSA is now offering a web-based instrument that measures parent experience and the impact of early childhood programs’ engagement efforts. This innovative new tool aligns with the Office of Head Start’s Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework. Programs can use this tool to identify the needs of their families, the strengths of their PFCE efforts, and areas for improvement. Easy-to-read results provide baseline data and measure growth throughout the year.
What is Parent Gauge™?Parent Gauge™ is a web-based tool that measures parent experience and the impact of your program's engagement efforts. You can view a recording of a recent webinar that covers the origin story, a live demonstration, and more information about what is included with an annual subscription.
Parent Gauge™ Created By Practitioners for Practitioners…