Head Start provides training to staff at all levels and in all program areas. The Child Development Associate (CDA) program gives professional and non-professional employees the opportunity to pursue academic degrees or certification in early childhood education. Currently, there are over 55,000 CDA's in the U.S. who have earned a CDA credential, including a number with a bilingual specialization.
In addition to bus procurement, expansion of Head Start centers and new staff hires, a main stipulation of funds tied to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for the federal Head Start program was to enhance training.
The Administration for Children & Families also houses the Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center, which offers various training information and professional development resources for Head Start and Early Head Start transporters.