Grant recipients that convert enrollment slots have a variety of options for ensuring new staff have the qualifications and competencies necessary to deliver high-quality services to Early Head Start children and families. For example, they may hire new staff who either already have the appropriate qualifications and competencies to deliver Early Head Start or who need additional training. Alternatively, they may also choose to shift existing Head Start staff into Early Head Start, including those who already have the appropriate qualifications and competencies to deliver Early Head Start or those who need additional training. In each of these scenarios, grant recipients must anticipate several potential challenges, including the time and potential costliness of the recruitment and hiring process or the need to invest in staff training to ensure staff can attain the qualifications and competencies necessary to deliver high-quality Early Head Start services. In this brief, we examine how the staff qualifications and competencies of grant recipients that converted enrollment slots changed after a conversion. We also offer a summary of grant recipients’ approaches to ensure staff have the appropriate qualifications and competencies after conversion and their anticipated staffing challenges. (author abstract)
Qualifications and competencies of staff in Head Start Programs that are converting enrollment slots to Early Head Start
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