Family Partnership Agreements & Engagement Activities

Family Partnership Agreements

All families have the opportunity to participate in individual goal setting during their enrollment with Early Head Start. The goals are based upon families’ interests and choices. Early Head Start staff are available to assist in goal development and to support achievement of these goals.

Families are encouraged to develop goals that are S.M.A.R.T. – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relative, and Timely!

If a family had goals with another agency, new goals do not have to be created at Early Head Start. Existing goal plans will be supported.

Early Head Start goals are written on Family Partnership Agreement forms and both families and staff keep copies of the agreement.

The following are examples of goals parents often develop: to get a job, to complete school, to repair credit, to buy a house, to buy a car, to get insurances, etc.

Parent Engagement Activities

Early Head Start welcomes all parents during program hours and they are encouraged to observe their children in group and individual play.

Parents are encouraged to volunteer both at Early Head Start and in the community.

Parents are invited to participate on P.A.L. (Parents as Leaders), the Policy Council (leadership role), the Health Services Advisory Committee (support the Health and Nutrition Services), and the School readiness Committee (preparing children for school).

Parent’s input, suggestions, and questions are ALWAYS welcomed!