Staff and Professional Development Prior to hiring employees, grantees must conduct an interview, verify references, and obtain a State, Federal, and/or tribal criminal record check. Grantees must provide pre-service training and inservice training opportunities for program staff and volunteers to enhance the knowledge and skills they need to deliver Early Head Start services. In addition, programs must develop a professional development plan for each full-time employee who provides direct services to children. Grantees must report advancement in the plan each year. Staff must have familiarity with the ethnic background of the families they serve. If the majority of children in a classroom speak one language, at least one direct-service staff member must speak that language. Teachers must be able to communicate with all families, either directly or through a translator. Teachers: All Early Head Start teachers must have the knowledge and skills necessary to develop consistent, stable, and supportive relationships with young children and their families.

They must have knowledge of infant and toddler development, safety issues in infant and toddler care, and methods for communicating effectively with infants and toddlers. In addition, teachers must be able to plan and implement learning experiences that address social-emotional development, early language and literacy, early math and science, problem solving, and approaches to learning. Center-based Early Head Start teachers must have a minimum of an Infant -Toddler Child Development Associate (CDA) or a comparable credential or a preschool CDA (or comparable credential) with training in infant toddler development. Family child care Early Head Start teachers must have previous early child care experience and, at a minimum, enroll in a Child Development Associate (CDA) program, an Associate's degree program, or Bachelor's degree program in child development within six months of beginning service. The family child care provider must acquire the credential or degree within two years of beginning service.