Parent Involvement is a Core Element to Head Start Success!
Parents are their children's first teachers--and children are born learners! Head Start supports this relationship and the role of parent-as-teacher by giving parents new skills, offering the opportunity to contribute through our parent meetings and Policy Council, and by offering opportunities to connect with each other and the communities we live in!
Family Engagement Spotlight:
What is Parent Engagement Services?
The Parent Engagement Services of NCCDI include different options for parents or guardians to acquire knowledge and skills to build a solid family foundation that provides a nurturing home environment. A wide array of training opportunities is offered to help parents develop confidence that reinforces the parents' role as their child's first teacher. The goal is to support the parent/child relationship which is critical to a child's success in school. NCCDI views the collaborative relationship with parents as the key to successful parent engagement that results in a child ready for school.
Parent's Choice Conference
Our annual Parent's Choice Conference is an opportunity for head start families to come together to learn. Our community partners, including Public Health, the Community Action Agency, Victim Witness, Chico State, Drug and Alcohol, the Child Abuse Prevention Council, Department of Education and many others volunteer their time and resources to provide workshops, information booths and resources.
The 2014 event last fall marked the 10th anniversary of this premier parent education event. The overarching goal of this event is to prepare families for a successful transition to Kindergarten and beyond. Parents are provided a multitude of workshops to choose from, aimed at helping them strengthen their parenting skills and build their child's love for reading.
The Parent's Choice Conference is a perfect example of one way to meet the many family needs that influence a home environment where reading is a part of the family culture. Conference workshops are always available in both English and Spanish for parents who prefer information in their primary language. This is a no-cost event, open to the community at large, and allows parents to experience learning in a professional setting while making social connections with their peers and community partners. We are already planning next years' event for October 21, 2016!