Phone (419) 784-5136 | Address: 1933 E 2nd Street Defiance, Ohio 43512


NOCAC Head Start promotes shared responsibility with parents/families for their child’s early learning and development and offers them engagement opportunities to help build their confidence.


  1. Activities/information for families to support parent-child relationships and child development, the importance of regular attendance and child development including language, dual language, literacy, and bi-literacy are provided through:
    1. Family Orientation/ Open House
    2. Home Visits
    3. Parent-Teacher Conferences
    4. Community Events
    5. Reading is FUNdemental Week
    6. Field Trips
    7. Classroom Activities
    8. Family Interest Surveys
    9. In-Kind
    10. Agency and classroom newsletters
    11. Assessment and identification of strengths
    12. Volunteering
    13. Bag Tags
    14. Family Fun Nights
    15. “Bring Your…” to school
    16. Parent Committee Association Meetings
    17. Policy Council
    18. Family Picnics
    19. and more
  2. NOCAC Head Start will provide at a minimum the following training opportunities and/or information to families either directly or through referral to local community partners:
    1. Family Literacy
    2. Parenting Skills – recognize parents as their child’s primary teacher and nurturer
    3. Substance Abuse Counseling
    4. Basic Child Development
    5. Assistance in developing literacy and communication skills
    6. Health services
    7. Opportunities to share experiences with other parents (including parent-mentor relationships)
    8. The benefits of parental involvement
    9. Any other activity designed to help parents become full partners in the education of their children
  3. NOCAC Head Start staff will promote the continued involvement of parents in the education of their children as they transition to kindergarten by working with the local education agencies to provide:
    1. Parent rights and responsibilities concerning the education of their children
    2. Enable parents to:
      1. Understand and work with schools in order to communicate with teachers and other school personnel
      2. Support the schoolwork of their children
      3. Participate as appropriate in decisions relating to the education of their children
  4. When feasible, trainings and other materials will be provided in the family’s home language.
  5. NOCAC Head Start offers opportunities for families to participate in the Conscious Discipline researched based parenting curriculum that is offered throughout the program year. This curriculum offers families the opportunity to practice parenting skills to promote children’s’ learning and development and social/emotional skills.

Forms and Additional Guidance:

This policy complies with the following

Head Start Program Performance Standard:  1302.51
ODJFS Child Care Manual:
CACFP Regulation:
Caring for Our Children:
Other Sources:


Effective Date: Revision Date:
Approved By Policy Council: Revision Approved By Policy Council: