Studies have shown that parent involvement is one of the most important components for a child’s readiness for school. The Head Start program involves parents in a variety of ways, to help not only the child’s development but also the family as a whole.
A Family Partnership Agreement is initiated as early as possible to assist the family in its effort to improve the condition and quality of life. This agreement establishes mutual trust and helps to identify family goals, strengths, necessary services and other supports.
Parents help determine how the Head Start program operates by serving on center committees and on the policy council. Parents are also asked to participate directly as home teachers and as volunteers in the center.
Each parent receives monthly home or center visits. During this visit the teacher and parent discuss activities for the center and home, and other information vital to the child’s development.