Parent Professional and Personal Development

Professional development opportunities are available to families currently enrolled in Head Start, Early Head Start, or ECEAP; and to past parents who are currently participating in Policy Council.

Bus Driver Training

We offer free bus driver training opportunities for parents and/or guardians. Upon successful completion of the training, participants receive a CDL endorsement which will allow parents and/or guardians to drive a school bus, a tour bus, a metro bus, a box truck or dump truck and any smaller vehicle that requires a CDL.

Interpreter Training

Our free interpreter training workshop provides participants an opportunity to learn about basic interpretation techniques, roles of the interpreter, confidentiality and ethics, and practice interpretation skills. Participants also learn about job opportunities as an interpreter, including working as a paid interpreter for Head Start, Early Head Start, and ECEAP. These programs use many interpreters to help families with enrollment, home visits, parent meetings, and conferences. All participants will receive a certificate at the end of the workshop and may then apply to become a Head Start, Early Head Start, or ECEAP interpreter, as well as receive information about other professional paid interpreter opportunities.

Peer Educator

The Peer Educator program is a leadership development opportunity for parents. They receive 12-15 hours of education and training in Health or Literacy, which they can then share with other Head Start, Early Head Start, and ECEAP parents through a “Teachbacks.”

Peer Health Educator

A Peer Health Educator learns how to advocate for her/his family’s health and how to share that information with other Head Start, ECEAP and Early Head Start parents/guardians.

  • Learn about asthma and dental resources
  • Discover ways to advocate for your family and make talking to your doctor easier
  • Learn how to assist your child in being healthy and successful at school
  • Share the excitement and fun with other parents after attending a 12-hour training
  • Learn how to recognize and cope with more than 200 of the most common health concerns by using the “Healthwise Handbook”

Peer Literacy Educator

A Peer Literacy Educator is a parent/guardian who is interested in learning and sharing information with other adults about how people learn, from infancy through adulthood.

  • Learn how easy it is to increase a child’s success in school
  • Find out information designed to help parents understand the importance of language and reading
  • Discover language activities that can be used anytime, anywhere
  • Share the excitement and fun with other parents after attending a 12-hour training

Policy Council

We believe that family involvement and leadership are crucial to the success of our Head Start, Early Head Start, and ECEAP programs. Policy Council is the key decision and policy-making body for our Early Learning program. Policy Council representatives, who are elected by their respective sites, work in tandem with program administrators and the PSESD Board of Directors to make the decisions that directly affect children and families. Policy Council members participate in program planning and development, and approve all personnel and budget recommendations. Policy Council members include:

  • Parents of currently enrolled children
  • Parents who have had a child in the program in previous years
  • Community agency representatives drawn from organizations that provide services, support, and/or resources to the families we serve