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Parent Involvement Opportunities

Parents/Guardians are each child’s first and most important teacher. Head Start and Early Head Start provide opportunities for families to be actively involved in the program. It is the intent that every parent/guardian be treated with dignity and respect. Every effort will be made to foster positive experiences and awareness about different cultures.

If you have any questions about Head Start or Early Head Start Parent Involvement opportunities, you may contact the Director at your child’s center or the Family Development Services Parent, Family  & Community Engagement Coordinator at (317) 803-3859.

Home/School Connection
Each month, Head Start and Early Head Start children will receive a calendar and packet of activities to complete at home with a parent. By completing the activities and returning the forms, Parents are giving their child an opportunity to complete a learning activity and helping to generate in-kind for the program.

Head Start/Early Head Start:

Parent Training Opportunities
In accordance with the Performance Standards outlined for the Head Start and Early Head Start Program, training opportunities are offered at the center parent meetings. Parents are encouraged to attend these meetings. Information will also be shared with Parents through handouts and newsletters.


Parent Committee/Parent Advisory Board Meetings
Each center has a regularly scheduled Parent Meeting. During these meetings, Parents/Guardians and the center’s staff join together to make sure the Head Start and Early Head Start experience reflects and fulfills the needs of the children and their families. The Parents/Guardians at the center select the time and day of the meeting.


Policy Council
The Policy Council, made up of Parents and community representatives, participates in the policy and decision-making process of Head Start and Early Head Start. Parents who serve on the Policy Council are elected at the center level by the Parent Committee/Parent Advisory Board.

Policy Council By-law (PDF)


Parents/Guardians As Volunteers
Each Head Start and Early Head Start parent/guardian is asked to volunteer time in his/her child’s classroom. All adult family members are welcome to participate at the center. while adults are volunteering. Enrolled children must stay in their own classroom.

Any volunteer who spends more than 8 hours per month in a center must submit additional documentation according to State licensing requirements. Please see the Center Director for more information


Health Advisory Committee
The Health Advisory Committee meets four times each year. Parent involvement on this committee is very important. Information about the Health Advisory Committee will be shared with Parents through the center newsletter.

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