How to Get Involved as a Head Start Parent

Why Should You Be Involved Parent? Tips from a former Head Start Policy Council Parent!

#1 For Your Child!

Being an active participant in your child’s school program increases their confidence. When students feel supported at home and school, they develop more positive attitudes about school, have more self-confidence, and place a higher priority on academic achievement.

#2 Improved Education Parent involvement can help improve the quality of our program.

Policy Council is a mandatory piece of the Early Head Start/Head Start Program. It gives parents the power and the platform to make choices about how the program benefits our children and future students educationally, financially, and administratively. Parent Committees keep you connected with your center and the families your child will know throughout their education.

#3 Build a Network

Meet a network of nice people who share your concerns, value your input, and advocate for issues that you are passionate about. We all share the common goal of creating a quality program and the best educational experience for our children and community.

#4 Gain Experience & Skills

Discover talents and abilities you never knew you had or build on your current skills. Being on Policy Council or participating in parent committees can look great on a job application.

#5 Set an Example

Education starts at home and parents are our children’s first and most important teacher. Children learn from what parents do and tend to follow in their example. Involvement in your child’s school shows our children that we value their education.

#6 Ensure Quality

Each vote matters! Being a part of Policy Council ensures that your voice is heard. Being involved in your classroom holds the program accountable.

#7 A Coffee or Lunch Date

Let it be a time to socialize with other parents. Most meetings have coffee or juice at the least. Some may provide a meal – what a great time to connect with other parents.

#8 It Counts!

Parent involvement within Head Start is very important! It is a requirement of our funding and program accountability.

#9 Help Plan Events

Policy Council and parent committee members have the opportunity to help plan events for staff and families.

#10 Early Childhood Education is Important

Many educational programs are being cut because of the current economy. High levels of parent participation show that our program is important and meaningful to the families that we serve.

How Do I Get Involved In Head Start? Tips from our Head Start staff!

1.) Attend our family engagement nights and socializations!

2.) Be a V.I.P. (Very Important Person!) in our classroom: reading to children, cutting out materials for a project, cleaning toys, helping with meal time or outdoor time, etc.

3.) Assist with our classroom field trips!

4.) Participate in home visits and conferences.

5.) Join our Policy Council!

6.) Complete homework activities brought home by your child.

7.) Share a special skill or hobby with your child’s classroom!

8.) Come to our Celebration of Learning in the classrooms after each unit of study!

9.) Assist at our main office located at 323 Water Street! Contact us at (269) 673-5472 for more information.

10.) Ask the teacher for projects you can complete at home.

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