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[121 STAT. 1421]
[121 STAT. 1421]
PUBLIC LAW 110-000—MMMM. DD, 2007

PUBLIC LAW 110–134—DEC. 12, 2007

121 STAT. 1421

‘‘(ii) ensure that such contracts and the services provided in the contracts are integrated with and augment the contracts awarded and services provided under section 648(e);’’; and (8) by adding at the end the following: ‘‘(h) CENTER-BASED STAFF.—The Secretary shall— ‘‘(1) ensure that, not later than September 30, 2010, all teachers providing direct services to children and families participating in Early Head Start programs located in Early Head Start centers, have a minimum of a child development associate credential, and have been trained (or have equivalent coursework) in early childhood development; and ‘‘(2) establish staff qualification goals to ensure that not later than September 30, 2012, all such teachers have been trained (or have equivalent coursework) in early childhood development with a focus on infant and toddler development. ‘‘(i) STAFF QUALIFICATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT.— ‘‘(1) HOME VISITOR STAFF STANDARDS.—In order to further enhance the quality of home visiting services provided to families of children participating in home-based, center-based, or combination program options under this subchapter, the Secretary shall establish standards for training, qualifications, and the conduct of home visits for home visitor staff in Early Head Start programs. ‘‘(2) CONTENTS OF STANDARDS.—The standards for training, qualifications, and the conduct of home visits shall include content related to— ‘‘(A) structured child-focused home visiting that promotes parents’ ability to support the child’s cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development; ‘‘(B) effective strengths-based parent education, including methods to encourage parents as their child’s first teachers; ‘‘(C) early childhood development with respect to children from birth through age 3; ‘‘(D) methods to help parents promote emergent literacy in their children from birth through age 3, including use of research-based strategies to support the development of literacy and language skills for children who are limited English proficient; ‘‘(E) ascertaining what health and developmental services the family receives and working with providers of these services to eliminate gaps in service by offering annual health, vision, hearing, and developmental screening for children from birth to entry into kindergarten, when needed; ‘‘(F) strategies for helping families coping with crisis; and ‘‘(G) the relationship of health and well-being of pregnant women to prenatal and early child development.’’.

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SEC. 16. APPEALS, NOTICE, AND HEARING.

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Section 646(a) of the Head Start Act (42 U.S.C. 9841(a)) is amended— (1) in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by striking ‘‘procedures to assure that’’;

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