Head Start Family Engagement Certification

Next Classes Start

July 13, 2020

We are pleased to announce that the North Carolina Community Action Association, in partnership with Southern University, is offering a Head Start Family Engagement Certification!

Future classes scheduled to begin

September 21, 2020


Designed based on feedback received from Head Start staff across the state of North Carolina, this comprehensive, web-based certification curriculum was developed in response to the Head Start Program Performance Standard §1302.9.


A program must ensure staff who work directly with families on the family partnership process hired after November 7, 2016, have within eighteen months of hire, at a minimum, a credential or certification in social work, human services, family services, counseling or a related field.


Embedded in each of the eight web-based modules are assignments designed to encourage critical reflection and skill application. Participants will complete one module per week, with the web-based platform allowing them to work at their own pace.


  • Module 1: History and Foundations of Practice

  • Module 2: Working with Families in Need

  • Module 3: An Empowerment Based Approach to Family Engagement and Relationship Building

  • Module 4: Case Management: Begin with the end in Mind

  • Module 5: Family Partnership Agreements

  • Module 6: Goal Setting and Documentation

  • Module 7: Safety First in Home Visiting

  • Module 8: Taking Good Care

At the completion of the course, participants should be able to demonstrate increased knowledge of theories and concepts related to family service work, as well as demonstrate increased competence in working with families in need.


Module 1

Module 2

Module 3

Module 4

Module 5

Module 6

Module 7

Module 8









Individual Module Cost Total

20% Discount for Certificate (all 8 modules)




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