November 20, 2014
Learning For New Leaders: Head Start A to Z is a collection of sessions and resources designed to address the unique needs of new Head Start and Early Head Start leaders. Use the materials to orient and support new directors and managers. They also can be used in individual professional development, face-to-face group settings, and for distance learning.
Head Start A to Z Sessions
Each session includes everything needed to get started on your own or facilitate a training with other leaders. Find a description with background information, key messages, outcomes, ideas for planning ahead, and trainer notes. A PowerPoint presentation, video, and handouts also are provided.
Review the policies and standards related to school readiness. This session outlines the four strategic steps and overall process for developing school readiness goals. Leaders will learn the relationship between school readiness and program goals, and how the 10 Head Start management systems support them.
Explore the role of leadership in overseeing a program’s financial management system. This includes establishing a clear mission and key results, as well as programming. Leaders also are responsible for budgeting, ensuring financial controls, accounting, financial reporting and review, and auditing.
Discover the roles that leaders play in fostering the use of data-driven decision-making in their programs. This session actively engages you in understanding the difference between data and information. It also describes the Head Start Program Planning Cycle and shows how the use of data is integrated into and supports that cycle.
More sessions will be added in the coming months. Remember to check back often!
Find tools that encourage leaders to step back and reflect. The resources serve as a reminder and offer tips to help you take care of yourself.
Experienced directors share useful insights based on their experience in this series of short video clips.
Access this Resource
Head Start A to Z was developed by the National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations (NCPMFO). Select the link to read the overview and start exploring the sessions: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/operations/learning/learning.html
For more information, contact NCPMFO at PMFOinfo@edc.org or (toll-free) 1-855-763-6647.