The Family Advocates work with Head Start and Early Head Start parents to help identify their family strengths and goals. They supply parents with information on issues relating to child development, parenting, health, nutrition, adult education and financing sources, besides helping them find resources and services in the community that would strengthen their family’s well-being. Family Advocates help parents learn what their parental rights are and how to advocate for their children. When a parent has difficulty making it to the center, Family Advocates are able to make Home Visits to assist the parent in completing assessments and goal setting agreements.
List of Community Partners
Little Dixie Head Start and Early Head Start have partnership agreements with other agencies in the community that provide services and resources to Head Start/Early Head Start families.
Parent Involvement, Volunteering
From the beginning of Head Start, parents have played an important part in the success of the program by volunteering their time and talents in the classrooms and on field t rips. Parent volunteers help by reading to the students, assisting with arts and crafts, assembling activity packs, washing sheets, or helping in the classroom during illness of teaching staff.
The parents of Little Dixie Head Start and Early Head Start students are automatically members of their child’s Center parent committee, which meets once a month to receive training on child development and parenting topics, and to discuss current issues related to that center; such as curriculum, activities and field trips. From the parent committee, the members vote on a representative to Policy Council, which is like a school board, and that member takes part in voting on decisions for the management of the program.
Links to Parenting websites:
Family Service Assessment
During enrollment, each parent completes a standard Family Service Assessment, answering questions which identify the strengths and needs of the family.
Family Partnership Goals
The parent is encouraged to work on a goal that will improve their family’s quality of life, or help the Head Start child accomplish a skill and strengthen the bond between parent and child.
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