What can the Head Start Program Offer to Your Child?
The program provides children with activities that help them grow mentally, socially, emotionally, and physically. The Head Start staff recognizes that, as parents, you are the first and most important teacher for your child. They will welcome your involvement in Head Start activities, and will work as a partner with you to help your child’s progress.
Head Start staff members offer your child care, acceptance, and understanding, the opportunity to learn and to experience success. Head Start children learn to socialize with others, solve problems improve their listening and speaking skills and have other experiences, which help them become self-confident.
The children spend time in stimulating settings where they form good habits and enjoy playing with Parent toys and working on tasks with classmates. Your child will leave Head Start more prepared for kindergarten, excited about learning and ready to succeed.
Your Head Start/Early Head Start child will also be screened and examined by skilled professionals for health problems. Professionals will arrange vision and hearing tests and needed immunizations. Head Start offers a nutrition assessment and dental referral and follow-up services. Disabilities and Mental Health services are available for children and families with special needs.
What Can Head Start Offer Your Family? Parent/Child Incorporated and families will work together as equal partners to build strong relationships that support information sharing. The Family Service Worker will communicate with the parent regularly and work together to identify and achieve goals and aspirations. They will communicate in the family’s preferred language and information discussed will be kept confidential. Family Service Workers refer families to appropriate agencies that provide assistance in obtaining medical, social welfare, or employment opportunities. They know in the community and will follow up to ensure services meet the family’s expectations.
Head Start/Early Head Start offers a sense of belonging, other support services, and a chance to be involved in activities to help your whole family. Parents and family members can take part in training on many subjects, such as, job training, health and nutrition, and how to gain access to free resources in your own community. Some parents learn the English language; while others learn to read. Head Start/Early Head Start also offers assistance to parents interested in obtaining a high school General Equivalency Diploma (GED) or other adult education opportunities.
You can become a Head Start volunteer and learn more about child development. This experience may later qualify you for training which can help you find employment in the childcare field. You can also have a voice in the Head Start program by serving on various committees.