Hiring and Retaining Qualified Staff Is Not Mission Impossible

Katherine Falon
Senior State Training and Technical Assistance Specialist
National Center for Early Childhood Development, Teaching,& Learning

Are you having trouble finding and keeping dedicated, enthusiastic, and well-prepared staff members? Do you feel stumped about how to find great teachers, and what you can do to keep them? In this webinar, Katherine Falen will provide walk with you through an overview of some of your biggest staffing challenges, and some ideas for overcoming those challenges. This webinar will unique approaches to recruitment, screening, and retention practices that will help improve your odds of making what seems impossible possible.

You will leave this session empowered with new strategies for:

• Recruiting, screening, and hiring.
• Keeping staff members engaged and invested in their jobs
• Discovering valuable staff development resources

All sessions are 1.5 hours long, and include a brief announcement from our sponsor.

Lessons in Leadership

This video and guide is part of a new series from the Early Head Start National Resource Center EHS NRC specifically designed to support EHS leaders. The materials in the EHS Resources for Leaders Series are intended to align with materials from the five other Head Start National Centers.

Currently, the series includes:

  • Lessons in Leadership: Lead, Learn, and Pass It On video and guide – a resource for leaders new to operating EHS and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start MSHS programs
  • EHS Leaders Community of Practice – a workspace on the Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Centers website that has exclusive membership for EHS and MSHS program leaders: directors, managers, policy council members, and anyone else who leads some aspect of a program for infants, toddlers, and expectant families
  • Directors Forum – an electronic bulletin board for all EHS and MSHS directors

To find additional leadership development resources from all the National Centers, please refer to the Lessons in Leadership: Lead, Learn, and Pass It On video guide.

Source: Early Head Start National Resource Center and Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center

TA Paper No. 13: Reflective Supervision: A Tool for Relationship-Based EHS Services

Reflective supervision is a process through which supervisors and direct service staff work together to understand the children and families that they serve, as well as their own feelings about this often emotionally difficult work. Designed to provide directors, administrators, and staff with a tool for relationship-based Early Head Start services, this paper describes the process and how some programs have implemented reflective supervision.

Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center

Available at: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/ehsnrc/Early%20Head%20Start/supervision/supervision/AToolforRelati.htm

News You Can Use: A Circle of Support for Infants and Toddlers – Reflective Parenting Practices and Strategies in Early Head Start – Head Start

In EHS programs, reflective supervision and reflective parenting practice can also be thought of as the circle of support or the continuous relationships that allow caring for and supporting infants and toddlers to be the main focus. Readers will also learn strategies for sustaining relationships built through the circle of support, strategies and issues to consider to overcoming a break down in reflective practice, and suggestions for encouraging parents to reflect and build on parenting practices. EHS directors, supervisors and staff will find the following edition of News You Can Use helpful in defining reflective supervision in practice.

Source: Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center

Available at: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/ehsnrc/Early%20Head%20Start/supervision/supervision/NewsYouCanUse.htm

Reflective Supervision: A Tool for Relationship-Based EHS Services

The work of nurturing babies and supporting families always revolves around relationships: the relationships of the teacher or home visitor with the infant, toddler, and family, and the relation- ships within the family or within the staff. Baker and Manfred-Petitt (2004) wrote, “Relationship-based pro- grams support the view that every interaction counts” (p. 10). They further described a “family model” of quality child care like the “loving web of relationships that surrounds a child in a well-functioning extended family … a community of people who care about the child and about one another” (p. 13).

Source: Early Head Start National Resource Center

Available at: http://www.ehsnrc.org/PDFfiles/TA13.pdf