NOCAC Head Start collaborates with families in a family partnership process that identifies needs, interests, strengths, goals and services and resources that support family well-being, including family safety, health and economic stability.
- The Family Partnership Agreement (FPA) will be outlined in the NOCAC Family Handbook and Calendar and will list all of the family service/partnership opportunities available to families throughout the program year.
- NOCAC Head Start/ECE will focus on family well-being which includes 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.
- The FPA process is initiated as early in the program year as possible and continues for as long as the family participates in the program, based on parent interest and need.
- The FPA opportunities will/can be offered at Family Picnics, Family Fun Nights, Policy Council, Parent Committee Association meetings, “Bring Your” Nights, through newsletters, social media, and other newsprint.
- A Family Strengths and Needs Survey will be included in the Enrollment Packet to be completed by each family and returned to the teacher at the first home visit, before the start of the program year,
- The Teacher will collect the survey and give it to the Family Advocates.
- The survey will include questions that focus on the Head Start Parent Family and Community Engagement Framework, including family well-being, parent-child relationships, families as lifelong educators, families as learners, family engagement in transitions, family connections to peers and the local community, and families as advocates and leaders.
- The Family Advocate will meet with the Teacher for their first Monthly Family Progress Note meeting in early October and ongoing monthly.
- Based on selection criteria, the Family Strengths and Needs Survey, and observations from both the Family Advocate’s initial application home visit and the Teachers 1st home visit, the Family Advocate’s caseload will be determined.
- The Family Advocate’s will select the highest needs families to put on their caseload. Families on the Family Advocate’s caseload will receive the following services:
- Two in-depth Family Needs Assessments (FNA).
- This will be done at the beginning and end of the program year in order to measure gains a family makes as a result of being in the NOCAC Head Start/ECE program.
- After each FNA is completed, the Family Goals, Strengths and Supports form will be completed with families and will focus on family centered goal setting.
- As the family’s dynamics change, so can the caseload of the Family Advocate.
- Families who were in crisis at the start of the program year and become self sufficient may no longer need or desire to be on the caseload of the Family Advocate.
- Families who start self sufficient and run into crisis can be added to the Family Advocate’s caseload as needed to support the family.
- The Family Advocate will partner with any other social service agencies the family may be currently working with in order to not duplicate services.
Forms and Additional Guidance:
This policy complies with the following
|Head Start Program Performance Standard:||1302.52|
|ODJFS Child Care Manual:|
|Caring for Our Children:|
|Effective Date:||8/7/17||Revision Date:||8/7/17|
|Approved By Policy Council:||8/7/17||Revision Approved By Policy Council:||8/7/17|