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
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 trips. 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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