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Family Engagement

A Collaborative Strength-Based Process

Family & Community Engagement

Family engagement is collaborative and strengths-based process through which early childhood professionals, families, and staff at all levels that requires mutual respect for the role and strengths each has to offer. Family engagement focuses on culturally and linguistically responsive relationship-building with key family members in a child’s life. There people include pregnant woman and expectant families, mothers, grandparents, and other adult caregivers. ​


ReadyRosie is a RESEARCH-BASED parenting curriculum that builds on parents’ knowledge. ReadyRosie harnesses the power of video and mobile technology to empower families and schools to work together to promote SCHOOL READINESS. See the ReadyRosie Response to the Head Start Parenting Curriculum Decision Making Checklist.

Parent Volunteers

Head Start encourages parents to volunteer in the program.  Those who volunteer assist the agency in occurring in kind which benefits the program. Volunteers are required to maintain a record and should be documented similarly as for its employees, including time and attendance records or activity sheets. Volunteers on a regular basis must comply with state and local laws.  Volunteers must obtain a TB test, Police Clearance and Food Handlers Card.  See your Center Supervisor and/ or Family Advocate for the appropriate forms.

Parent Code of Conduct

New St Paul expects parents and family members to conduct themselves in a responsible manner while on the premises.

We have policies and guidelines that we expect to be followed. Safety is NSPHS’s number one priority for the children, staff and families. Our procedures are posted at each center. We have ” ZERO TOLERANCE” for the following: violence around our children families and staff, Sexual Harassment, Weapons, Drugs, Violence and Social Antisocial Behavior. We are a Drug Free Workplace. There is a Discipline Code for all Head Start Centers.

Take an active role in your childs education

Parent Campaigns/ Elections

We encourage parents to be active in the Head/ Early Start Program.  We would like you to bring your talent and expertise and become an active member in the policy council.  We hold election and parents can run for office. This is an opportunity for you to become a leader, without any previous experience. Training will be provided. Be creative, make a poster, talk to the parents at your center and let the staff know you are running for office. We guarantee that new and wonderful opportunities await you! Center campaigns are held in September.

Parent Committee

Parent’s participation is needed at the center level. Parent Meetings are held once a month at each center. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend to learn about the services offered, the volunteer opportunities, to be a part of decision making and to participate in classroom activity. Come and gain an experience that you will never forget.

Policy Committee

The Policy Committee consists of elected representatives from each center; the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Recording Secretary who work in partnership with key management staff. Meetings are held at the first Friday of the month at the Administrative Office, 9 a.m. Attending Officers receive a “Parent Reimbursement” for each meeting attended.