NeHSA Credentialing for Nebraska Home Visitors

Credentialing for Nebraska Head Start/Early Head Start Home Visitors

Issuing Institution:  Nebraska Head Start Association Inc.

Date 12-20-2017, updated 2-10-21

In order to meet the Head Start Performance Standard and meet the need for quality home visiting employees and services to children and families.  The Nebraska Head Start Association has developed a credential based on the Nebraska Department of Education, approved equivalent for Home Visitors in Early Childhood Programs.

Head Start Performance Standard, 1302.91(e)(6)(i) Staff Qualifications and Competency Requirements

A program must ensure home visitors providing home-based education services:

Have a minimum of a home-based CDA credential or comparable credential, or equivalent coursework as part of an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

Nebraska Department of Education, Rule 11- Regulation for Early Childhood Education Programs contains the following regulation concerning the preparation of home visitors:

005.056C6 Home Visitor.  The prekindergarten program may employ a home visitor in a program who provides family development and support services under the direction of a teacher. The home visitor shall have received at least twelve (12) semester hours of undergraduate or graduate credit in child development/early childhood education, or the equivalent in prior training or experience as determined by the Commissioner or his or her designee.  Please see attachment to this credential for further information or equivalencies etc. as defined by Rule 11.

The Nebraska Department of Education does not have the statutory authority to provide a credential, their authority only grants them the access to review the portfolio of information compiled and give a complete or incomplete to the presented information as outlined in the attachment.

As such in Nebraska a credential is needed to show competency and qualifications to meet both Rule 11 and Head Start Performance Standards in Nebraska.

The following checklist was developed and will be utilized to meet this credentialing process:

  1.  A program will send the completed credentialing checklist to the Nebraska Head Start Association for their review and if acceptable approval.  At that time a credential will be issued to the person named in the application and a copy of the credential will be sent to the person and the program.
  2. A database of these credentials will be kept on file with the Nebraska Head Start Association.
  3. All supporting documentation of the credential and the credential itself will be kept at the program for use as needed to meet Head Start Performance Standards with access by only programs and credential holders.
  4. The NeHSA education committee will meet annually to review the credentialing process and update or change as needed to maintain the highest standards for home visitors working in Head Start/Early Head Start programs across the State of Nebraska



                            Nebraska Home Visitor Credential Request Form


Applicant Name:                                                                                                                                                    

Program Name:                                                                                                                                                      

Date of Application:                                                                                                                                              

Program Address:                                                                                                                                                   

Program Phone Number:                                                                                                                                    

Program contract person:                                                                                                                                    

Write the number of credits next to all of the applicable credentialing items and then tabulate the total credits next to “Total”.

15 hours of lecture/video = 1 credit hour – supportive documentation is kept at local level.

Trainings: all other trainings will be evaluated by the credentialing committee as part of the program Staff Development plan

_____First Connections, 3 credits/equivalencies offered by NDE

_____ Early Learning Guidelines Domain Training (all 7 Domains), 3 credits/equivalencies offered by NDE

_____ Home Visitation Core Principles and Practices, 3 credits/equivalencies offered by NDE

_____ Individualized Professional Development (iDP) Portfolio on ECLKC (15 hours of training completed) = 1 credit

_____ Getting Ready Project Certificate= 1 credit

_____ Evidence Based Home Visiting Curriculums i.e. Parents as Teachers Certification 0-3 = 2 credits and 3-5 = 1 credit, Growing Great Kids Certification = 3 credits etc.

_____ Evidence Based Parenting Curriculum Facilitator/Train the Trainer i.e. Circle of Security, Love and Logic=15 hours/1 Credit

_____ Home Observation Tool training Certificate i.e. HOVRS= 1 credits

_____ First Aid and CPR Certification = .5 credit

_____ Local program designed home visitor training to meet program standards = 15 hours of lecture/video = 1 credit.


Experience: Experience will be evaluated and may count for up to half of the required credits for certification.  Experience equals employment in a prekindergarten program, licensed preschools, center and family child care, school-based preschool, Head Start or Early Head Start programs, or other comparable home visiting programs.

_____ 2 years of employment in a program as described above = 3 credits

_____ 4 year of employment in a program as described above = 6 credits


Bilingual:  To meet the needs of the children and families enrolled in our programs, a person who is bilingual can be granted equivalency for 3 credit hours.

_____ Bilingual = 3 credits


Prior College Course work: This is evaluated on a case by case basis for their relevance to the Home Visitor credential.  Examples of courses are:  Emergency Care, Developmental Psychology, Child Abuse and Neglect, Behavioral Analysis/Intervention, Human Development, Human Behavior and Social Environments, CPR and First Aid Certification, Observation, Assessment and Guidance, Infant/Toddler Development, Preschool Child Development, Introduction to Early Childhood Education, Children with Exceptionalities, Family and Community Relationships, Introduction to Human and Social Services, Case Management, Planning and Management.

____ Courses evaluated and accepted for Certification

____ Total

Credits from all above categories, equal to or greater than 12 to issue a credential:

_____ Total



Signature of Applicants and Date


I verify that all information provided is correct and a copy of all relevant documents are on file in our program office and the above applicant is an employee of our program.



Signature of Program Director and Date


How to Obtain Your Home Visitor Credential:


Each home visitor is responsible for completing his or her own Nebraska Head Start Association Home Visitor credential request form.


Once all of the information is received by the Nebraska Head Start Association, an evaluation will be completed and you will be notified of the issuance of your credential or what further information from you may be needed.

Please provide a check or PO number from your program for $50 for the credential processing fee.  Make checks payable to the Nebraska Head Start Association, Fiscal Department, 123 Marian Rd., Hastings, NE  68901

If you need further information please email Cindy Nordby at

Cindy will review for completeness, when the review process is satisfactorily completed, the Board President will sign the certificate which will then be mailed back to the program.