For Families

The Head Start program is an innovative early childhood and family development program designed to strengthen and support children and families through quality engagement and relationship building. Head Start provides staff and parent leadership opportunities, advocacy on behalf of children and families, and community focused events. The program celebrates parents as their child’s first teacher and regards families as partners in supporting children to reach their full potential.

Parent, family, and community engagement means building relationships with families that support family well-being, strong parent-child relationships, and ongoing learning and development of parents and children alike. It refers to the beliefs, attitudes, behaviors and activities of families that support their children’s positive development from early childhood through young adulthood. Family engagement happens in the home, early childhood program, school and community, and is a shared responsibility with all those who support children’s learning.

Family Resources

Family Partnership Process

Family Engagement Commitment
The Family Engagement Commitment is a tool used to welcome families and discuss partnership that builds on child and family outcomes. The commitment explains the contribution families and the program will each make to ensure successful growth during the program year.

Family Success Roadmap
The Family Success Roadmap is a self-assessment used to understand the family better based on information that research tells us impacts children’s’ learning and healthy development. It is also used to gather information of the family’s interests, strengths, areas needing support, and involvement with other agencies.

Family Goal Setting
The Family Goal Setting Form is a working document developed by families and supported by staff to meet their individualized goals for the program year). Staff and parents work together as partners to formulate goals after they have identified the strengths and areas of growth on the Family Success Roadmap. A certificate of completion is provided for accomplishment of goals.

Father Engagement

The goal of our Father Engagement Program is to recognize the importance of fathers and father figures in the lives of children. By creating opportunities for active involvement in the classroom, home, and community, male participants are offered a variety of experiences.

Opportunities include:

  • Becoming a Male Ambassador
  • Volunteering at the Central Office
  • Assisting with site maintenance and projects
  • Attending monthly Parent-Center Meetings
  • Leadership positions in the classroom
  • Joining Policy Council as a delegate or alternate
  • Participating in father education (in English and Spanish)
  • Participating in community and agency events
  • Engaging in the Daddy Read to Me! and Putting Dads in the Picture projects
  • Being involved in the MIC program (Men, Infants, and Children)

The goal of the program is to ensure the well-being of children. This is done by working with both men and women to talk about the essential role mothers and fathers play in strong families.