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Staff development is an ongoing activity designed to increase the level of competence and expertise of staff in the work environment and in personal interactions with others in the workplace and the community. It is also an effective way to empower staff, parents, and volunteers to gain a greater sense of ownership and responsibility for themselves, both professionally and personally. The Advisory Committee on Head Start Quality and Expansion stated, "The quality of services must be a first priority." (The Report of the Advisory Committee on Head Start Quality and Expansion, Executive Summary, Page vi.) Step one toward achieving this goal is to focus on creating a learning community within Head Start that supports continual training and development.
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