Implementing Early Head Start–Home-Based Option (EHS-HBO) Meets HHS Criteria

Last updated: April 2018

Training to Support Implementation

Requirements for Program Certification

To receive funding, Early Head Start-Home-Based Option programs apply to ACF and provide a detailed plan for model implementation and adherence to the applicable performance standards. The criteria for selection of applicants includes:

  • The cost-effectiveness of the proposed program;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • The proposed program design and options, including the suitability of facilities and equipment proposed to be used in carrying out the program; and
  • The need for Head Start services in the community served by the applicant.
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Pre-Service Staff Training

At a minimum, the Head Start Program Performance Standards require that Early Head Start-Home-Based Option programs provide an orientation to all new staff that includes the goals and philosophy of the Early Head Start-Home-Based Option and how they are implemented in the individual program. Early Head Start-Home-Based Option programs must implement a systematic approach to staff training to assist staff and volunteers in acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to provide high quality, comprehensive services within the scope of 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-Based Option regulations and policies. In addition, all staff must be trained in how to implement the curriculum.

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In-Service Staff Training

Early Head Start-Home-Based Option programs are required to provide ongoing opportunities for training and professional development. Programs must implement a structured professional development system, with the potential for academic credit where possible. Home visitors are required to participate in a minimum of 15 hours of professional development per year.

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Training Materials

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

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Qualified Trainers

No information is available.

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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 Alaska 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 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.

Technical assistance materials are available on the ECLKC website.

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Implementation Notes

The information contained on this page was last updated in April 2018. 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 January 16, 2018. HomVEE reserves the right to edit the profile for clarity and consistency.

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