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


In general, the full-day Head Start classrooms have three full-time staff members: a lead teacher, an assistant teacher, and a teacher aide, although a few classes have a second teacher instead of an assistant teacher. The team of staff in a classroom stagger their work hours. In most cases, one individual starts at 7:30 a.m. and works until 4:30 p.m., a second begins at 8:00 a.m. and leaves at 5:00 p.m., and the third begins at 8:30 a.m. and leaves at 5:30 p.m. Planning and recordkeeping tasks are completed during these hours, usually during naptime.

In addition to the time they spend in class, these staff conduct home visits and participate in training. To accomplish these tasks, full-day staff request assistance from part-day staff, who are not with children on Fridays. Part-day classroom staff act as substitutes in the full-day classrooms, so that the full-day staff can perform home visits and attend training. Usually, full-day staff conduct one home visit in September or October, and then conduct a second visit in the spring. If it becomes very difficult to schedule a visit with a parent, the second "home" visit may occur in the center.