There are many different ways for parents to be involved at Head Start.
Every Head Start parent is automatically a member of the Parent Committee. There are multiple ways you can participate:
- Advise staff in the development of program goals and services
- Help plan and participate in formal programs and family events offered throughout the year
- Time for you to network and meet other parents to discuss anything of interest to you
Head Start staff may also share information with you, but this is your chance to become involved in your child’s education. Your voice matters!
The Policy Council is comprised of one parent and one alternate elected by the parents in each Head Start classroom, and one to three community representatives. The Head Start Principal and a Plano ISD Board of Trustees Member also attend the meetings. The Policy Council engages in shared decision making with the Plano ISD School Board. Members of the council are asked to approve Head Start personnel, grant applications, service plans, and additional policy decisions as needed. They also encourage and recruit volunteers for the program. Policy Council Officers are elected by members of the Policy Council.
There are many opportunities to volunteer at Head Start. The Head Start nurse can use volunteers to help in the clinic, work in the Head Start garden, and to create bulletin boards. The Family Services Managers have many events throughout the year for which volunteers are needed. Volunteers can also help in classrooms, in the carpool lane, with office work, and on field trips. Each person who volunteers to work with children is required to complete a criminal background check. Go to the Plano ISD Volunteers & Partners home page for the link to complete the criminal background check.
Parents take a survey at the beginning of the year to indicate interest in possible classes that may be offered. Some of the classes that parents take at Head Start include ESL classes, Nutrition classes, Child Parent Relationship Training, Computers at Home Classes, and Budgeting workshops.
Activities at Head Start are constantly changing and evolving to meet the needs of the current children and parents. Those listed are just a sampling of ways to become involved, but there is always room for a new idea or activity.