Family and Community Engagement
Ashland Head Start/KY State Preschool knows the importance of collaboration between staff, families and community to build positive relationships. These relationships support parents’ progress toward their goals for themselves and their children. Community partners provide culturally and linguistically responsive services and helpful resources. They are available to work with families and early childhood providers on such goals as parents’ educational advancement, economic mobility, and other aspects of family well-being. Community engagement promotes positive, enduring change for children, families and communities in accordance with the Office of Head Start Parent, Family and Community Engagement Framework as well as Title 1.
Family engagement is a collaborative and strengths-based process through which early childhood professionals, families, and children build positive and goal-oriented relationships. It is a shared responsibility-building, with key family and staff at all levels that requires mutual respect for the roles and strengths each has to offer. Family engagement focuses on culturally and linguistically responsive relationship-building with key family members in a child’s like. These people include mothers, fathers, grandparents and other adult caregivers. It requires making 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. Our program wants to help guide and promote positive, enduring change for children, families and communities.
Family well-being occurs when family members are safe healthy and have chances for educational advancement and economic mobility. Support services such as early care and education, housing and economic mobility. Support services such as early care and education housing and food assistance and physical and mental health care positively impacted. Engaging families as active participants in problem-solving and goal-setting can help them identify and use their own strengths to address the challenges they face. When families are healthy safe and economically stable, their children’s health and well-being can thrive.
Positive parent-child relationships set the stage for children’s success in school and in life. Therefore, parents are our most important partners for supporting the development and well-being of young children. Please contact our family and community coordinators with any question you may have at (606)327-2715.