All WCOP staff, whether they are paid by Head Start or other funds, receive the same training. Joint training sessions are held by Head Start and the Child Care Council; and all staff are monitored and evaluated just as if they are Head Start staff. In Westchester, all staff are encouraged to complete a CDA, which many non-Head Start staff have earned.
Scheduling training is quite difficult in the full-day programs. WCOP closes its full-day Head Start program for two days a year for training. Most of the other training takes place at the centers, often during naptime and with the help of volunteers. In instances where teachers need to leave the center for training, substitutes are hired.