BEST IN CLASS SERVICES

Providing the expertise needed to maintain high quality services to children and families.

THE EXPERTISE YOU NEED

Willow Tree Early Education Team provides Head Start grantees, early childhood programs and regional and national associations with the expertise they need to maintain high quality services to children and families.

The Willow Tree Team specializes in guiding programs through the Designation and Renewal process, protecting them from being designated as a low performing program.

The funding process is complicated, and the stakes are high; Willow Tree is there for you, from start to finish.

Head Start Planning And Strategy

Successful Head Start grantees rely on accurate and intentional data collection and analysis to guide every program decision. We do that for you and with you and will take you from the collection phase to the planning phase and provide you the tools to make data-driven decisions.

Head Start CLASS Monitoring

Our professional team of Master CLASS coders will guide you through the challenges of preparing for an Office of Head Start (OHS) CLASS Monitoring review. Our team are all former reviewers with experience helping programs understand the various vulnerabilities that are caused as CLASS shifts from Professional Development to Monitoring to Performance Evaluation. Ask us about our sought after workshop “A Holistic Look at CLASS; a Systems Level Lens”.

Head Start Compliance Monitoring

Review preparation is one key to a successful OHS On-Site Monitoring Review. Our experienced team of former reviewers and Non-Federal Team Leaders can get you ready for an FA-1, FA-2, Fiscal, ERSEA and CLASS review… take the stress out of this process so staff can know how ready they are and cannot wait to show off!

Male Involvement In Head Start

Whether you need to find new strategies to increase male involvement or are ready to hire male caregivers, with over 40 years in early childhood Mr. Parr is ready to guide you through workshops, resources and on-site visits.

We are a Dedicated, Friendly Team with Creative Skills and a Passion for this Work.

Willow Tree brings the passion back to struggling organizational cultures, creates or tweaks program systems and provides a sustainable set of tools that help programs identify and monitor key program metrics critical to maintaining high quality services to children, families and to each other.

100,000+ Families Impacted By Our Services

Willow Tree believes that excellence is only a starting point, that simple is better and that joy and trust in the workplace culture are basic human rights.

State of Babies Yearbook: 2019

For the first time, ZERO TO THREE and Child Trends are telling the state-by-state story of America’s babies – and the picture isn’t as rosy as you might hope. The State of Babies Yearbook: 2019 provides policymakers and advocates the information they need to advance national and state policies to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.

For more information: State of the Babies: 2019

Community Needs Assessment

A Community Needs Assessment is more than a requirement of administering a Head Start / Early Head Start grant. A well done CNA links your program to community resources, empowers leadership and families, shapes the direction of your program structure, hiring decisions, and growth strategy, and feeds into your SMART goals.

Recent and Upcoming Speaking Engagements

Plan to attend one of our upcoming events, or Contact Us to schedule a speaker at your own conference or training.

Promising Futures for Young Children of the World: Insights from ECE Leaders in 105 Countries, by Roger Neugebauer, Jerry Parr, and Patrick Makokoro

February 7, 2019
WEBINAR

Over 800 million children under the age of 6 inhabit Planet Earth. Less than 5% of these children reside in the United States and Canada. So truly the future of children, and more importantly, the future of our planet is an international concern.

In this dynamic webinar, Roger Neugebaur, Jerry Parr and Patrick Makokoro, leaders of the World Forum Foundation, highlighted the most serious issues impacting young children in 105 regions across the globe.

World Forum Foundation – WEBINAR

Head Start Region 7 Leadership Conference

May 20-23 2019
Overland Park, Kansas

Jerry Parr of Willow Tree Early Education Team is presenting his new workshop “Teaching Young Boys; Strategies for Improving Programs and Reducing Behavior Challenges, Improving Outcomes and Creating Lifelong Success Stories”

Find Out More…

2021 World Forum

April 20-23, 2021
Vancouver, Canada

PLAN NOW – SAVE THE DATE!
Join early childhood professionals and advocates from around the world who will assemble in Vancouver to engage in work and dialogue to impact the futures of young children and their families.

View 2021 World Forum Video

Jerry Parr

Jerry Parr is a nationally known and highly regarded early childhood educator with a long and valued history with Head Start and Early Head Start. Mr. Parr is a noted expert in Head Start Performance Standards and Compliance Monitoring.

He  has worked closely with the Office of Head Start to provide subject matter expertise to standardize the National Monitoring System. As part of the Designation and Renewal design team Jerry has worked on the design and implementation of CLASS since its inception as a Head Start tool, and has been part of the OHS CLASS Work group that was formed to help shape CLASS implementation policy as part of Designation and Renewal.

Testimonials

“I passed! Thank you for your one on one feedback and advice on taking the test. It really helped me with understanding my scoring.”

Congratulations to Baltimore City Head Start for a successful CLASS Inter-rater reliability audit – three years running! Y’s CLASS scores continue to beat the standards…they work hard to make sure their CLASS ratings are reliable by checking their raters annually.

“I just wanted to share our scores…and we did an amazing job. None of this could have been possible without the Willow Tree team.
Thank you both for all your help and guidance!”

L.G. - CLASS services client

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