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Director Credential

Take a 9-month learning journey with other Head Start/Early Head Start Directors. Here you will dig into a wide range of issues related to leading a HS/EHS program, including effective leadership development, communication and advocacy, operations, and more.

With monthly online meetings, you will hear from experienced leaders in the field and be led by NHSA’s team of content experts. You will work with your peers to develop solutions to current issues and discuss future trends. Don’t miss this professional growth opportunity!

DATE:
New cohorts annually in fall

FORMAT:
Hybrid, primarily virtual with two in-person meetings

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT HOURS:
40

EXPERIENCE LEVEL:
Directors with under 7 years of experience in role

COHORT SIZE:
Limited to 50 candidates

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DATE:
New cohorts annually in fall

FORMAT:
Hybrid, primarily virtual with two in-person meetings

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT HOURS:
40

EXPERIENCE LEVEL:
Under 7 years of experience in role

COHORT SIZE:
Limited to 50 candidates

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Site Leader Credential

This 9-month credential is for Head Start leaders who are physically present on-site most days of the week. Working alongside colleagues from across the country, candidates will learn best practices in management and leadership, discover how to set tone and culture, and develop skills to manage the day-to-day responsibilities that make up Head Start/Early Head Start programming.

This course includes independent online work, monthly virtual meetings, project-based learning experiences, problem-solving activities, and discussions about real-world issues site leaders are facing today. You will work with your peers to develop solutions to current issues and discuss future trends. Don’t miss this professional growth opportunity!

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Data Literacy Credential

The Data Literacy Credential is a nine-month course aimed at educating managers and directors in data literacy; the ability to communicate about the use of data; and basic storytelling with data skills. To earn this credential, candidates must complete the three sequential five-week classes, demonstrating their knowledge and skills in data literacy and their ability to apply that information back in their programs.

DATE:
New cohorts quarterly

FORMAT:
Live online courses

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT HOURS:
105

EXPERIENCE LEVEL:
Managers and directors

COHORT SIZE:
Limited to 50 candidates

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DATE:
On-Demand

FORMAT:
Online with an in-person session offered for candidates awarded the credential at NHSA’s National Head Start Conference in April

EXPERIENCE LEVEL:
Experienced Health Service Worker

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Health Service Credential

Specifically designed for the experienced Health Service Worker, this credential will systematically walk the participant through a comprehensive series of skills, providing opportunities to prove mastery of each skill. The compilation of this experience is a professional e-portfolio that the Health Service Worker may use as part of their professional development transcript.

This course is available on-demand and can be completed anytime, anywhere with internet access. Participants have four months to complete this course and the submissions will be reviewed by an NHSA certified grader before the credential is awarded.

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Family Service Credential

Specifically designed for the experienced Family Service Worker, this credential will systematically walk the participant through a comprehensive series of skills, providing opportunities to prove mastery of each skill. The compilation of this experience is a professional e-portfolio that candidates may use as part of their professional development transcript.

This course is available on-demand and can be completed anytime, anywhere with internet access. Participants have four months to complete this course and the submissions will be reviewed by an NHSA certified grader before the credential is awarded.

DATE:
On-Demand

FORMAT:
Online with an in-person session offered for candidates awarded the credential at NHSA’s National Head Start Conference in April

EXPERIENCE LEVEL:
Experienced family service worker

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DATE:
New cohorts annually

FORMAT:
On-demand, online courses

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT HOURS:
120

EXPERIENCE LEVEL:
Any level

COHORT SIZE:
Limited to 100 candidates

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Head Start CDA Pathways

NHSA’s CDA Pathways for Head Start and Early Head Start staff are designed to guide candidates through the entire CDA credentialing process: prepare, apply, demonstrate, and earn. The self-paced coursework gives students the flexibility to learn on their own schedule, while our dedicated faculty provide the additional support necessary to ensure all of our students complete the entire CDA program.

In addition to meeting The Council for Professional Recognition’s coursework requirements, NHSA’s CDA Pathways provide participants with the knowledge they need to work in a Head Start program. By earning a CDA credential in any of the settings below, an educator demonstrates a commitment to career advancement and professionalism:

  • Infant & Toddler - Registration open!
  • Pre-School - Registration open!
  • Home Visitor - Coming soon!
  • Family Child Care - Coming soon!

Registration includes 120 hours of formal early childhood education training, access to personal coach to guide students through courses, portfolio preparation, and the CDA certification from The Council, including CDA Professional Development Specialist.