Parent, Family, and Community Engagement

Parent and family engagement is an interactive process through which program staff and families, family members, and their children build positive and goal-oriented relationships.

Community engagement refers to the mutually respectful, strengths-based interactions of Head Start for Kent County staff and families with community members and agencies at all levels.

Working together, we support family outcomes that support incredible outcomes for children.

Family Advocates & Community Partners

Each site has a Family Advocate (or another designated staff person) to help introduce/connect families with community resources. They meet with families one-on-one to support needs and goals through sharing resources. They can help families find their local food pantry, get clothes from a church, or sign up for GED or English classes in their community. If a child needs a doctor or help finding a dentist, the Family Advocate can help the family find medical care. If families are looking to sharpen their skills around leadership, advocacy for their children, or economic mobility, Family Advocates can help with that as well. Monthly Family Engagement Events provide ongoing trainings and support to families on a variety of topics. Family Advocates are there to support the family as a whole with needs and goals, so the child can ultimately succeed in school.

Family Engagement & Family Outcomes

Our partnership with families aims to foster seven outcomes which research shows promote positive outcomes for children: Family Well-being, Positive Parent-Child Relationships, Families as Lifelong Educators, Families as Learners, Family Engagement in Transitions, Family Connections to Peers and Community, and Families as Advocates and Leaders. Families and staff share responsibility for this based on mutual respect for the roles and strengths each has to offer. We focus on culturally and linguistically responsive relationship-building with key family members in a child’s life: pregnant women, expectant families, mothers, fathers, grandparents, and other adult caregivers. It requires a commitment to creating and sustaining an ongoing partnership that supports family well-being. It also honors and supports the parent-child relationships that are central to a child’s healthy development, school readiness, and well-being.