Resources for meeting Head Start Program Performance Standard 1302.91(e)(7) – Staff Qualifications and Competency Requirements

Child and Family Partners Certificate

The Child and Family Partners Certificate program is an innovative, evidence-based program informed by the Head Start Relationship-Based Competencies for staff and supervisors who work with families. This exciting new program is offered in a unique blend of video conference calls and online assignments and interactions. You can complete the program in the comfort of your home and community!

The certificate program meets the requirements of the Head Start Program Performance Standards 1302.91(e)(7) which states:
A program must ensure staff who work directly with families on the family partnerships process hired after November 7, 2016, have within eighteen months of hire, at a minimum, a credential or certification in Social Work, human services, family services.

The Child and Family Partners Certificate Program is a 10-week program that:

  • Offers important perspectives from current professionals in the field;
  • Focuses on emerging practices as well as changing influences on families with young children;
  • Allows you to complete online assignments at your convenience;
  • Provides a forum for online discussions with other participants and program staff; Includes 3 video conference calls;
  • and Totals 50 hours of instruction and assignments including video conference calls and online assignments/discussions.

For more information go to: Frequently asked questions | Register Here

Family Development Credential

Over the last several years, many Head Start program staff have completed the FDC 90-hour Empowerment Skills for Family Worker course. The course fulfills Head Start Performance Standards Staff 1302.91(e)(7) regarding Qualifications and Competency Requirements. The materials and curriculum were created by Dr. Claire Forrest at the University of Connecticut. This training is a traditional in-person training.

Information about the credential can be found here.

As of July 2018, Head Start California no longer serves as the state coordinator for Family Development Credential. However, the course is still available to California programs by contacting the National FDC offices.

If you have an existing contract with Head Start California and have questions, please complete the contact form here.

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