Options for Full-Day Services for Children Participating in Head Start . Staff Training


According to the director, a hallmark of the Head Start program is its emphasis on training and close affiliation with the TASC and HSTC. Each classroom is equipped with one-way mirrors in which students, parents, and Head Start TASC and HSTC participants are invited to watch and listen to children's activities. (The center also serves as a university laboratory for the early childhood education, child development, and social work degree programs). Center staff members often serve as mentor teachers for other grantees. Likewise, the program is regularly observed and evaluated by other Head Start and university staff, who give suggestions and provide insight into the WKUCCC program.

All teachers in the program, including those who work with infants, toddlers, and school-age children, receive Head Start training. One week of training is provided each August, and training also is offered at each monthly staff meeting. In addition, all teachers must become certified in first aid and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR).