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Implementing Early Head Start-Home Visiting (EHS-HV)

Meets DHHS criteria for an evidenced based model

Training to Support Implementation

Last Updated

May 2016


Requirements for Program Certification

To receive funding, Early Head Start–Home Visiting programs apply to ACF and provide a detailed plan for program implementation and adherence to the applicable performance standards. The criteria for selection of applicants includes (1) the cost-effectiveness of the proposed program; (2) the qualifications and experience of the applicant and the applicant’s staff in planning, organizing, and providing comprehensive child development services at the community level; (3) the quality of the proposed program as indicated by adherence to, or evidence of, the intent and capability to adhere to the Head Start Program Performance Standards; (4) the proposed program design and options, including the suitability of facilities and equipment proposed to be used in carrying out the program; and (5) the need for Head Start services in the community served by the applicant.


Pre-Service Staff Training

At a minimum, the Head Start Program Performance Standards require that Early Head Start–Home Visiting programs provide an orientation to all new staff that includes the goals and philosophy of Early Head Start–Home Visiting and how they are implemented in the individual program. Early Head Start–Home Visiting programs must provide pre-service training opportunities to program staff and volunteers to help them acquire or increase the knowledge and skills they need to fulfill their job responsibilities. This training must be directed toward improving the ability of staff and volunteers to deliver services required by Early Head Start–Home Visiting regulations and policies. In addition, all staff must be trained in how to implement the curriculum.


In-Service Staff Training

Early Head Start–Home Visiting programs are required to provide ongoing opportunities for training and professional development. Programs must implement a structured staff training and development system, with the potential for academic credit where possible.


Training Materials

Training materials are available on the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) website.


Qualified Trainers

No information is available.


Technical Assistance

The Office of Head Start provides training/technical assistance (T/TA) to program staff to support their service delivery. T/TA consists of (1) direct funding to grantees; (2) regional T/TA networks, including Migrant and Seasonal Head Start and American Indian and Alaskan Native Head Start; and (3) six National Centers. The six National Centers collectively act as comprehensive providers of infant-toddler and Early Head Start expertise, resources, information, and training. The National Centers are the result of a collaboration between ACF’s Office of Head Start and Office of Child Care to provide joint T/TA across early care and education programs. They aim to promote consistent practices across communities, states, tribes, and territories.

ACF regional staff also provide technical assistance.



The information contained on this page was last updated in May 2016.  Recommended Further Reading lists the sources for this information. In addition, the information contained in this profile was reviewed for accuracy by the Office of Head Start on March 30, 2016. HomVEE reserves the right to edit the profile for clarity and consistency.