Head Start considers that parents are children’s first, and most important teachers.   The Head Start program is only as successful as parents help to make it, and it is with this thought in mind that parents and all family members are actively invited to participate in all aspects of the program.  Below are listed only a fraction of the opportunities that parents, grandparents & family members have to become involved in Head Start.

For further information on Parent Involvement please refer to the Head Start Performance Standards.  All areas of the standards include general references to parent involvement.  For specific information, please refer to Section 1304.40.

 

  • NACDAB Parent Policy Council Member:  Every year parent representatives from all of the center & home base programs are elected to be part of this very important board.  The NACDAB board has the very important responsibilities of approving the hiring of program staff, as well as the approval of the program budgets for both our Head Start & Early Head Start programs. 

  • Classroom volunteers and substitute staff

  • Participation in children’s physical & dental exams

  • Lesson Planning with the teaching staff

  • General help with maintenance & upkeep of facilities

  • Participation in activities that can be worked on with the family at home (Home Tasks)

  • Attendance at monthly parent meetings and trainings

  • Participation as a Parent Mentor & helping to welcome and advocate for other parents in the program

  • Development of a site newsletter for families

  • Bus monitor volunteers for those sites with transportation

  • Recruiters of other families for Head & Early Head Start programs

 

As part of NACOG Head Start’s ongoing commitment to career development, parents in the Head Start program are afforded many opportunities to further their own education.  We offer help for families who need to complete their General Education Development equivalency exam (GED), or for those who would like to further their skills in learning the English language (ESOL).  Through partnerships with many community colleges Head Start families can register for classes to receive their Child Development Associates credential (CDA) in Early Childhood Development.

For further information on Parent Involvement please refer to the Head Start Performance Standards.  All areas of the standards include general references to parent involvement.  For specific information, please refer to Section 1304.40.