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Quality Improvement Toolkits

The Toolkits

Effective Practice toolkits are “how-to” guides for programs to reference when developing or improving services. The toolkits include step-by-step guidance, case studies, practical tools, worksheets, and additional resources.

NHSA will be continuously developing new resources and new toolkits based on interest and need, so this page will be constantly growing.

small steps to big vision

Small Steps for Big Vision

The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness partnered with the National Head Start Association to create an online resource – Small Steps for Big Vision: An Eye Health Information Tool Kit for Parents and Caregivers – to provide parents and caregivers with the information, suggested actions, and assistance they need to be empowered partners in their children’s vision and eye health, and to care for their own vision and eye health.
The tool kit was designed for use by Head Start and Early Head Start programs, as well as any early childhood education and care program.


Nurturing Staff Wellness

What is a staff wellness program? Why would a Head Start program need one? How do you go about implementing one? Check out this toolkit for everything you need to know about creating and implementing your own staff wellness program.


Developing Data Capacity

Do you know what skills to look for in a candidate to be your data manager? How about if you're ready to hire a data manager? Have you considered writing an RFP for contracted data work? This guide provides resources for hiring or contracting someone to do data work, such as questions to ask when interviewing, skills to look for in a candidate for various positions, boilerplate job descriptions, and language for RFPs to retain analytic services.

Building All-Star Teams

COMING SOON: As a leader, you know how valuable it is to have a strong team around you, but also how difficult it can be to find the right people for your team. No matter what your leadership style and level of satisfaction with the rest of your team, there are always ways to improve. And when it comes time to grow your team, having strategies on hand to improve the interview process and integrate new staff into your program are important.