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Parent Involvement

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Parents are one of Head Start & Early Head Start's most valuable resources - not only as primary educators  of their children but also as policy makers of their children's local Head Start & Early Head Start program.

 

Parent Involvement

Head Start/Early Head Start encourages parents to be involved with their child's learning through either program. This involvement may include:

  • Helping to make decisions about the Head Start/Early Head Start programs through involvement with Policy Council, the Health Services Advisory Committee (HSAC), Parent Committees, or other special committees. Head Start Parents Invitation
  • Participate in a Head Start classroom as a paid employee, volunteer or observer
  • Help plan and develop activities for parents and children
  • Be involved in literacy activities with children
  • Volunteer time and talents
  • Help plan and attend socializations (TAP) in Early Head Start twice per month with their children.
  • During home visits, participate in child/parent activities.

Contact your Family Advocate/Home Visitor or your child's classroom to learn about the ways to become involved!

Parent Committees

Parent Committees exist in every Head Start center. These committees work with the Family Advocate and classroom staff to organize events inside and outside the classroom. Additionally, committee members help plan monthly parent meetings that include all parents of children in the center.


Policy Council

Policy Council is a group that consists of parents and legal guardians of Head Start/Early Head Start children currently enrolled in either program, former Head Start/Early Head Start parents and community agency representatives. The Policy Council is a shared decision making body of the Head Start/Early Head Start program that works in partnership with key management staff and the agency governing body to develop, review, and approve or disapprove certain policies and procedures; serve as a link to the Parent Committee, governing body and community; and assist Parent Committees. Policy Council members are elected by the parents in each center on an annual basis.

Policy Council meets on a monthly basis (with a combined November & December meeting in early December and no meeting in June or July unless needed due to program business).
Below are the Policy Council meeting minutes:

2017  
March 28, 2017 Minutes
January 24, 2017 Minutes
2016  
December 13, 2016 Minutes
October 25, 2016 Minutes
September 27, 2016 Minutes
August 16, 2016 Minutes
June 7, 2016 Minutes
April 26, 2016 Minutes
March 29, 2016 Minutes
February 23, 2016 Minutes
January 26, 2016 Minutes
January 11, 2016 Minutes
2015  
December 15, 2015 Minutes
October 27, 2015 Minutes
September 22, 2015 Minutes
August 25, 2015 Minutes
May 27, 2015 Minutes
April 28, 2015 Minutes
March 24. 2015 Minutes
February 24, 2015 Minutes
January 20, 2015 Minutes
2014  
December 18, 2014 Minutes
October 28, 2014 Minutes
September 16, 2014 Minutes
August 26, 2014 Minutes
July 8, 2014 Minutes
May 20, 2014 Minutes
April 22, 2014 Minutes
March 28, 2014 Minutes
February 18, 2014 Minutes
January 21, 2014 Minutes
2013  
December 10, 2013 Minutes
October 29, 2013 Minutes
September 24, 2013 Minutes
August 20, 2013 Minutes