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Parent Involvement

Parent Involvement

We need parents and family members to become involved in the program to ensure strong parent leadership in guiding the direction of the program.  Dad with daughter

  • Parents may participate in the program:
  • By visiting your child’s classroom
  • By becoming a volunteer in the classroom, center or office
  • By attending parent workshops and groups
  • By participating in Center Parent Committee Meetings
  • By working with your child at home.

Limited transportation and child care are available for most Head Start activities. Make sure to talk to your Family worker if you need transportation and/or child care assistance in order to attend activities.

The program depends on parent involvement to make Head Start and Early Head Start the quality program it is!

Parent Center Committee Meetings

As a Head Start parent, you are a member of your center’s Parent Committee.  This group plans parent meetings, center activities; makes center decisions and talks about other important Head Start business. Some members of the Parent Center Committee are elected to attend Policy Council meetings and share parents’ ideas about the program.  At Parent Center Committee meetings, Policy Council representatives report back to the center parents about the previous month’s policy council meeting.

Parent Center Committee Meetings are also a great time to meet other families, talk with staff, get great information and just have fun!

What Fathers Mean to Head Start and Early Head Start

At Head Start and Early Head Start, we believe that fathers are as important as mothers in a child’s early years of life. Here are just a few of the reasons:

 

  • At six weeks of age, infants can tell the difference between their father and mother’s voice.
  • Babies who have secure relationships with their fathers are 2 1/2 times more likely to show happiness.
  • Fathers generally play differently than mothers with young children, in ways that help with creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving.
  • Children who have positively involved fathers tend to have better social skills, show less aggression in the classroom, and have higher school success.
  • Research shows that the largest factor in predicting whether a child will graduate high school, attend college, become involved in crime or drugs, or get pregnant before the age of 18 is the presence or absence of a father figure in the child’s life.

 

Head Start and Early Head Start supports the role of fathers in a child’s life and recognizes that positive father involvement can happen in lots of different ways. We hope Dads, Grandfathers and other Father figures will get involved at Head Start.

 

 

 

 

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