Options for Full-Day Services for Children Participating in Head Start . Program Staffing


The Head Start morning program is staffed in a traditional manner. Specifically, NRCA maintains a staff of 79, 26 of whom are teachers or teacher aides, and seven of whom are home visitors. Because the child care programs the NRCA uses to provide full-day service are not affiliated in any way with Head Start, Head Start has no control over the way these providers staff their programs or over the qualifications of their staff. However, since the programs are state-licensed, Head Start can be sure that they follow state child/staff ratio guidelines. For instance, one visited off-site child care center maintains a child/staff ratio of 10:1, for children under four-and-a-half, and a 12:1 ratio for pre-kindergarten children.