Building Relationships with families is a key part of the family partnership process. We do this throughout the program year starting with the intake process, open houses and orientations, home visits, parent/teacher conferences, and parent events. Each time staff meet with families they build rapport and trust with the family which helps parents to feel supported and encouraged to reach their full potential. Through the whole program year, this process continues with the ultimate goal being increased family engagement and school readiness.
Head Start of Lane County has a number of ways to participate.
Parents are given opportunities at intake, first Home Visit, and open house events to learn about the program structure and philosophy of Head Start/Early Head Start and how they are implemented in their child’s HS/EHS experience. Teaching staff, Family Support Interpreters and Family Support Coordinators, will also conduct a Family Strengths and Needs Assessment with each family. This will serve as the first step in the partnership process.
This assessment is designed to capture both the strengths (what’s working well) and needs (areas I could use some help with) of each family and be a stepping stone to the Family Partnership Agreement. (Add link to strength document). Head Start staff will provide information and or referrals to assist families with need and goals families have.
Families in all program models will be invited to participate in activity events. Aside from fun, events will provide parents and caregivers opportunities for parent education (both parenting skills, and or information on services in the community), curriculum planning, and to provide two-way communication between staff and parents. Events will have interpretation and materials available in the family’s home language whenever possible.
The topics for events are chosen by the enrolled families via the Parent Education and Interest Survey. (Link to the E&I survey)
All families will be offered an opportunity to participate in a family partnership agreement. As part of the goal setting process Head Start staff and families can learn
from each other. Families can identify hopes and dreams for themselves or their family as a whole and Head Start staff will partner with the family to eliminate barriers and move toward those dreams.
job searches and training
classes for raising grandchildren
conflict resolution training
recognizing child abuse
surviving domestic violence