Parents make the Head Start Program the success that it is. Since you have the most contact with your child, you are your child's most effective teacher. You are encouraged to participate in the program as much as possible.
One way to participate is to be a volunteer in the classroom. Some of the advantages of volunteering include:
1. It gives you a better understanding of what the program is doing for children.
2. It provides an opportunity for to get to know many friendly adults.
3. It can help you better understand your role as a parent.
4. It shows your child how interested you are in their learning experience.
For more information: Parent Volunteer
Another way to participate in the program is through the decision-making process such as:
Keep in touch with your Policy Council Representative or serve on the Policy Council, or Health Advisory Committee. Attend Parent Committee meetings and Family Events. All parents of Head Start children are members of the Parent Committee that meets monthly.
For more information: Parent Committee and Policy Council Parent Activity/Meeting Nov. 2009: Family Bowling
Read the newsletter and keep in touch with the staff and other parents.
Talk to the staff and other parents about ways to help and to improve the program.
Working with your child at home with the support of staff: Parents are encouraged to work on individual skills as identified on the monthly Monthly Child Goal Form. Forms that are returned will be used to record Parent Involvement hours and PIP points will be awarded. Parents are encouraged to follow suggestions for family activities given in the newsletter and classroom. Parents can share their ideas with staff for additional activities at home and in the center.
PIP Program (Parent Involvement) PIP Store: We will be having the PIP Store this school year. You will be able to purchase items from the PIP Store beginning in November. Please see the back of this form for a list of ways to earn PIP Points to be used in the PIP Store.Your Family Service Worker will keep track of your PIP points earned. To purchase items in the store you will need to call your Family Service Worker to schedule a time to view the store or use your points for items.
Below is a list of the classrooms and the assigned Family Service Worker along with the phone numbers to call. (You may have a worker different from the list below).
Norbert Hill Center: Teachers Family Service Worker Phone Number:
Tanya & Shannon/ FSW: Lisa 869-4060 Karla & Vicki/ FSW: Dawn 869-4070 Grace & Nikki/ FSW: Jenni 869-4062 June & Jody/ FSW: Lisa 869-4060
Three Sisters Teachers Family Service Worker Phone Number:
Shelly & Theresa/ FSW: Susan 496-5204 Michelle & Sue /FSW: Susan 496-5204 June & Kathy/ FSW Jenni 869-4062 Jennifer & Chantel/ FSW: Dawn @ 869-4070
ARCC Teacher Family Service Worker Phone Number:
Sharon & Heather/ FSW: Susan 496-5204 & FSW: Lisa 869-4060
If you have any questions please call your Family Service Worker.
Additional Parent Involvement Information: Parent Participation / Parent Rights and Responsibilities