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NOCAC Head Start believes parents are their child’s first and most important teacher. Children are most successful when they have both their mother and father in their life.


  1. Children do best in life when they grow up with the active, positive involvement of both a mother and father. Whatever the measure – physical and emotional health, educational achievement, behavior, substance abuse, crime or delinquency – children are more likely to lead healthy, productive lives when both their mother and father are actively involved in their lives in positive ways. Moms and dads tend to parent differently, at least in some important ways, and their complementary parenting skills and attitudes combine to give children the best environment in which to grow up healthy and successful.
  2. All NOCAC Head Start/ECE staff will recognize and respect the roles both parents have on their children’s lives.
    1. The expectation for a father’s engagements starts with the Family Advocate at the application intake appointment.
    2. Staff then continues to maintain the expectation that we care and need fathers to be a part of our school family so they can best support their child’s education. Methods used to support this are:
      1. Creating effective culturally responsive relationships with fathers i.e.. Acceptance, communication, trust….
      2. Supporting BOTH parents and recognizing BOTH parents as capable
      3. Focus on the co-parenting relationships;
      4. Supporting fathers role as educators of their children; involving them in transition planning for their children;
      5. Reach out to fathers and engage them in goal setting; assess their needs and interests and make good referrals
      6. Create opportunities for fathers to participate in program activities
      7. When scheduling home visits and parent teacher conferences – ask about the absent parent.

Forms and Additional Guidance:

This policy complies with the following

Head Start Program Performance Standard:    1302.50(b)(1)
ODJFS Child Care Manual:    
CACFP Regulation:    
Caring for Our Children:    
Other Sources:    


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