Family Engagement and Parent Involvement
Family Engagement & Parent Involvement
The Social Services - Family Engagement and Parent Involvement Component are so crucial to the overall success of JCCEO Child Development Services.
Family Engagement's philosophy is to support parents as prime educators of their children and to assist families in becoming self-sufficient. This component piece serves as a linkage between parent, child, and staff to encourage and support the participation of parents in every phase of the program. There are several ways that a parent can participate:
- By volunteering time at the child's center.- By taking an active role on the Parent Committee.- By taking an active role on the Head Start Policy Council.- By taking an active role in the Fatherhood Involvement Project and/or Grandparent Support Group.- By participating in the annual evaluation process that determines how well the program is operating and meeting the children's needs.
All Head Start-Early Head Start parents are encouraged to volunteer. If you decide to volunteer you will be asked to attend volunteer training to learn more about Head-Early Head Start and your role as a volunteer in the program. Training will be ongoing and conducted by the Social Services Coordinator, Center Managers, and/or designated staff member.
Community Volunteers are assigned to sites based on the location of residence and/or by request to a Head Start-Early Head Start site. Each volunteer is given a volunteer job description and other important information about the program.
The recruitment of eligible children for the program is coordinated through Social Services. Children are recruited and enrolled in the program without regard to race, sex, creed, color, national origin, or special needs. This component also assists families in their efforts to improve the condition and quality of family life by making them aware of community services and resources and how to use them effectively.
Once a child is enrolled and actively participating in the program, the family receives services directly from Family Services Workers or through referrals to other agencies. Family Services Workers act as advocates for families who must work with other agencies in order to obtain the services they need.
Child Development Services and Community Services
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