Highly Interactive and Custom Designed Pre-service Training

Are you looking for highly interactive and practice-based training for Pre-service? Are you looking for training that provides your staff with the knowledge and skills that they need to provide high quality services to the children and families that they serve?

We provide highly interactive and practice-based training for Teaching staff, Family Service Workers, Home Visitors, Center Directors and Management teams. After we have a conference call with you to find out the results that you’re looking for, we will custom design the training to meet your program’s specific needs.

We utilize a “learning by doing” training methodology. Our trainings consist of a lot of discussion and hands-on learning activities, including pair and share, small group activities, role pays, question and answer sessions, and interactive exercises. While our trainings also include a PowerPoint presentation, our focus is on engaging the participants. Our training methodology is based on the principles of adult learning. This results in high impact learning, in which the staff can take back the information that they learned and implement it immediately.

We provide custom designed training for Teaching staff, Family Service Workers, Home Visitors, Center Directors and Management teams. Examples of our training topics include:

Teaching Staff:

  • Increasing CLASS scores
  • Managing Children’s Challenging Behaviors: Becoming Trauma Informed
  • Engaging Learners through Intentional teaching
  • Health, Nutrition and Mental Health Activities in the Classroom
  • Positive Teacher/Child Interactions
  • Math in the Early Childhood Classroom
  • Interpreting Data to Drive Instruction
  • Preventing Power Struggles
  • Promoting Language and Learning
  • Writing In-Depth and Individualized Lesson Plans & Anecdotal Notes

Family Service Workers:

  • Building Strong Relationships with Families
  • Meaningful Family Engagement
  • Effective Goal Setting with Families using Motivational Interviewing
  • Case Management
  • How to Have Hard Conversations with Staff and Families
  • Implementing the Parent, Family and Community Engagement (PFCE) Framework
  • Time management and Organizational skills
  • Working with Challenging Families
  • Taking Care of Yourself and Your Families

Home Visitors:

  • In the Door & On the Floor: Home Visits that Work
  • Home as a Child Development Environment
  • Successful Socializations
  • How to Conduct a Home Visit
  • Safety and Awareness
  • Establishing Boundaries
  • The Home Visitor as the Coach


  • Mentor Coaching training
  • Leadership Development
  • Supervising Your Staff
  • Early Head Start Training: Baby Steps to School Readiness
  • Working with Infants and Toddlers
  • Building Strong Leaders at Your Centers
  • Team Building
  • Reflective Supervision
  • Reflect, Renew & Re-energize: Why We Work with Head Start Children and Families

***For a full list of training topics, please email us at kristinecortina@hsessentials.com or view our website at www.hsessentials.com.

Are you looking for an energizing and inspiring keynote to kick off your Pre-service? It’s a great opportunity to bring your Head Start and Early Head Start staff together and get everyone on the same page. It’s a good time to set the tone for the new school year… to set the expectation of excellence in your program… excellence for the children, for the families and for the staff. A focus on going above and beyond for our children and families in order to create school-ready children and families that are fully engaged in their child’s education and on the road to self-sufficiency.

We will custom design a keynote that will meet the needs of your program. Examples of our keynote topics include:

  • Reflect, Renew & Re-energize: Why We Work with Head Start Children and Families
  • Creating School-Ready Children and Self-Sufficient Families
  • Establishing an Expectation of Excellence
  • Building Strong Leaders to Serve Our Children and Families
  • Taking Care of Yourself in order to Serve Children and Families

Are you looking for highly interactive and custom designed training or an inspiring and energizing keynote for your upcoming Pre-service? Book ASAP as dates go quickly! Give us a call at (704) 451-3255 or email us at kristinecortina@hsessentials.com.

Developing a Successful Mentor Coaching Plan

What is your program’s plan for Mentor Coaching? The Head Start Program Performance Standards state that programs must implement a research-based, coordinated coaching strategy for education staff.

Mentor coaching is a great opportunity to provide teachers with guidance and support as it pertains to successful teaching strategies. It allows teachers to receive constructive feedback as well as to see effective teaching behaviors through modeling. The feedback and modeling of high quality teacher practices is directly related to the teacher’s mentor coaching goals – which is aligned with your program’s school readiness goals.

Our mentor coaching services are based on the principles of Practice-Based Coaching.  Our services will guide your Head Start Teachers toward improved implementation of best practices through observation, feedback, collaboration and goal-setting.  The components of our mentor coaching services include:

  • Planning goals and action steps;
  • Engaging in focused observations; and
  • Reflecting on and sharing feedback about teaching practices.

We provide on-site mentor coaching services for teaching staff utilizing the principles of Practice-Based Coaching.  We observe teaching interactions in the classrooms and provide strengths-based mentor coaching services.  We begin by developing trusting, collaborative relationships with each Teacher and we ask the Teachers complete a needs assessment.  We will then use that information to create individualized mentor coaching goals with each Teacher.

We will spend time observing in each of the identified classrooms and provide the Teachers with feedback from the observation.  We will provide each Teacher with the strengths (high-scoring behaviors) as well as opportunities for improvement (low-scoring behaviors) from the observations.  We will then spend time addressing, problem-solving and correcting the areas of concern (as it relates to CLASS).  We will model high scoring interactions and effective teaching practices.  We will also provide each Teacher with guidance, support and encouragement.  We provide content-specific feedback in order to build a strong partnership.  Our strengths-based approach to mentor coaching allows us to have “hard conversations” with Teachers on areas that need improvement.

Each of the mentor coaching services listed above includes guidance and support that is custom designed to meet the specific needs of your staff. It builds capacity and fosters continuous support. And, finally, it raises CLASS scores.

We also offer training for Mentor Coaches on how to implement a successful mentor coaching program.

Are you looking for on-site Mentor Coaching services or training on Mentor Coaching? Give us a call at (704) 451-3255 or email us at kristinecortina@hsessentials.com.