As a parent you
make the critical difference in the growth and development of your child. At
IHSD we believe that you are your child’s most important teacher. To
assist you with this critical job of helping your children grow and
supporting your family, we provide community resources and referrals,
parent education programs and other support services. We also encourage your
to get involved in your child’s education.
Opportunities for involvement in the Head Start/Early Head Start
IHSD promotes parental involvement in each of its
programs. Ask a staff member about how you can be actively involved in the
program, your child’s education and/or your community. These are a few
opportunities for parent involvement:
Parent Meetings, Parent Trainings, Parent Activities
- Participate in and attend
parent meetings, parent activities and/or Parent Trainings.
- Become an officer of the
Parent Center Committee at your child's site.
- Assist Parent Officers and
staff with set-up, clean up, and/or food service during parent
meetings and events.
- Encourage other parents to
- Assist with Childcare
during meetings and workshops.
- Participate on a committee
(RIF- Reading Is Fundamental, parent activity committee, etc.)
Program Planning & Decision-Making
- Become a Parent
Officer/Policy Council Member.
- Participate in our annual
- Share your ideas, concerns,
feedback, or questions about program services with staff member or
- Complete program surveys to
provide feedback on IHSD's services (eg. Parent Satisfaction
Questionnaires, Parent Interest Surveys)
Family & Health Services
- Request meetings with
Family Service Staff for family support services or information on
community resources and referrals.
- Participate in Family Goal
Setting with Family Service Staff, and participate in New Projects
(eg. Health Care Institute, Fatherhood Project, Reading Is
- Recruit other families for
- Read the parent bulletin
board & health boards at your child’s site.
- Share health updates or
concerns with Family Service Staff.
- Volunteer time in a Head
Start/Early Head Start Classroom.
- Participate in
parent-teacher conferences and home visits.
- Read to your child using
Raising a Reader Book Bag Program.
- Share updates or concerns
about your child with program staff on a regular basis.