According to Head Start Performance Standard 1302.52, A program must implement a family partnership process that includes a family partnership agreement and the activities described in the regulation to support family welling being, including family safety, health, and economic stability, to support child learning and development, to provide, if applicable, services and supports for children with disabilities, and to foster parental confidence and skills that promote the early learning and development of their children.
All families here at Spartanburg County First Steps have the opportunity and are encouraged to participate in the Family Partnership Agreement/goal setting. The process must be initiated as close to enrollment as possible. Normally, the ERSEA (Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, Attendance) manager introduces the Family Partnership Agreement to the family while completing enrollment paperwork. After being introduced to the process, families will then meet with their Family Service Specialist to collaborate and identify their goals, no matter how small or large their goals may be. Family Service staff will assist families with accomplishing their goals through referrals, gathering information for them, and through continuous follow-ups. Most goals chosen by the families are based on their needs and can also be based on a family’s interests. We will also support any existing goals that families have with other agencies. Some of the goals often set by families are: to get a job, to complete school, to buy a house, to buy a car, or any goal a family feels that will strengthen their unit. Once a family have accomplished a goal, another goal is set to ensure the continual growth and success of the family unit.