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                                   STAFF QUALIFICATIONS
                            1304.52 Human Resources Management
                                  (b)Staff Qualifications General
                             ( c ) Head Start Director Qualifications
                           (d) Qualifications of Content Area Experts
                                  (e) Home Visitor Qualifications

In keeping with the REVISED HEAD START ACT, HEAD START PERFORMANCE
STANDARDS, DECAL PRE-K PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS, LICENSING
STANDARDS and NAEYC ACCREDITATION STANDARDS, the following
qualifications for Head Start staffing will be applied when hiring:
Sec. 648A. (a) Classroom Teachers- (2) DEGREE REQUIREMENTS- (c) Early Head Start or
Head Start director qualifications. The Early Head Start or Head Start director must have
demonstrated skills and abilities in a management capacity relevant to human services program
management.
1. The Director of Baldwin County Preschool Program will at minimum
possess a Master’s degree and certification in Educational Leadership.
Sec. 648A. (a) Classroom Teachers- (2) DEGREE REQUIREMENTS-                 (d)
Qualifications of content area experts. Grantee and delegate agencies must hire staff
or consultants who meet the qualifications listed below to provide content area
expertise and oversight on an ongoing or regularly scheduled basis. Agencies must
determine the appropriate staffing pattern necessary to provide these functions.
(1) Education and child development services must be supported by staff or
consultants with training and experience in areas that include: The theories
and principles of child growth and development, early childhood education,
and family support. In addition, staff or consultants must meet the
qualifications for classroom teachers, as specified in section 648A of the Head
Start Act and any subsequent amendments regarding the qualifications of
teachers.
(2) Health services must be supported by staff or consultants with training
and experience in public health, nursing, health education, maternal and child
health, or health administration. In addition, when a health procedure must
be performed only by a licensed/certified health professional, the agency
must assure that the requirement is followed.

(3) Nutrition services must be supported by staff or consultants who are
registered dietitians or nutritionists.

(4) Mental health services must be supported by staff or consultants who are
licensed or certified mental health professionals with experience and expertise
in serving young children and their families.

(5) Family and community partnership services must be supported by staff or
consultants with training and experience in field(s) related to social, human,
or family services.
(6) Parent involvement services must be supported by staff or consultants
with training, experience, and skills in assisting the parents of young children
in advocating and decision-making for their families.

(7) Disabilities services must be supported by staff or consultants with
training and experience in securing and individualizing needed services for
children with disabilities.

(8) Grantee and delegate agencies must secure the regularly scheduled or
ongoing services of a qualified fiscal officer.
(e) Home visitor qualifications. Home visitors must have knowledge and experience in
child development and early childhood education; the principles of child health,
safety, and nutrition; adult learning principles; and family dynamics. They must be
skilled in communicating with and motivating people. In addition, they must have
knowledge of community resources and the skills to link families with appropriate
agencies and services.

2. Persons in Coordinator positions overseeing Child Services, Family Services or
   Administrative Services will have college degrees in their area of employment:

    a. The Child-Services Education/Curriculum Manager will have a degree in Early
    Childhood Education (with preference given to GA teaching certificates) and
    experience teaching in an early childhood setting.

    b. The Child Services Health/Nutrition Manager will have a degree in public health,
    nursing, health education, maternal & child health, health administration, or related
    field.

    c. The Family Services/Social Services/Parent Advocates will have a related degree or
    Family Service credential with Head Start experience.

    d. The Disabilities Services Manager will have a degree closely related to the education
    of children with disabilities.

    e. Nutrition and Mental Health Services will be supported by professional staff or
       licensed/certified consultants who have experience and expertise in serving young
       children and their families.


Sec. 648A. (a) Classroom Teachers- (2) DEGREE REQUIREMENTS(By 2013)- (i) a baccalaureate or
advanced degree in early childhood education; or (ii) a baccalaureate or advanced degree and
coursework equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education, with experience teaching
preschool-age children.


    3. Classroom lead teachers should have at least an AA degree in Early Childhood
       Education or a related degree and demonstrate commitment and progress toward a
       BA degree in Early Childhood Education.
BALDWIN COUNTY CHILD & FAMILY DEVELOPMENT CENTER PERSONNEL MANUAL
LATEST REVISION: OCTOBER 2002, MAY 2003, MARCH 2005, OCTOBER 2007


Sec. 648A. (a) Classroom Teachers- (2) DEGREE REQUIREMENTS- (ii) Head Start teaching assistants
nationwide in center-based programs have--(I) at least a child development associate credential; (II)
enrolled in a program leading to an associate or baccalaureate degree; or (III) enrolled in a child
development associate credential program to be completed within 2 years.

    4. Paraprofessionals or Teacher Assistants must also meet the requirements of the
       Baldwin Co. Board of Education’s qualifications for these positions.



Promotion Opportunities


         Every employee will increase to the next step level on the pay scale for each year of

service up to the maximum of steps on that particular pay schedule as long as the Head Start

Grant Award will support such increases. As employees increase their credentials, they may be

eligible for jobs on a higher pay grade. Vacated positions within the program provide

opportunities, incentives, and preference to current employees seeking to make career

advancements.

Substitute Teachers/Assistants

         Anyone wishing to be placed on the substitute list must submit an application and a

transcript to the Baldwin County Board of Education Personnel Office. Substitutes must possess

the equivalent of a high school diploma and be 21 years of age. The substitute teacher payroll

report is to be submitted to the Central Office along with the Employee Time Sheet the last day

of the pay period. The Director or Education Manager will be responsible for seeing that

necessary substitutes are present to cover absent employees and that the BOE substitute policies

are followed.

BOE October 2009

				
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