Families of children enrolled in Child and Family Development have the opportunity to participate in large group, small group and one-on-one training activities. The Office of Head Start says that children will have higher levels of school readiness if programs focus on the following domains laid out in the Parent, Family and Community Engagement Framework:
1. FAMILY WELL-BEING
Parents and families are safe, healthy, and have increased financial security.
2. POSITIVE PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIPS
Beginning with transitions to parenthood, parents and families develop warm relationships that nurture their child’s learning and development.
3. FAMILIES AS LIFELONG EDUCATORS
Parents and families observe, guide, promote, and participate in the everyday learning of their children at home, school, and in their communities.
4. FAMILIES AS LEARNERS
Parents and families advance their own learning interests through education, training and other experiences that support their parenting, careers, and life goals.
5. FAMILY ENGAGEMENT IN TRANSITIONS
Parents and families support and advocate for their child’s learning and development as they transition to new learning environments, including EHS to HS, EHS/HS to other early learning environments, and HS to kindergarten through elementary school.
6. FAMILY CONNECTIONS TO PEERS AND COMMUNITY
Parents and families form connections with peers and mentors in formal or informal social networks that are supportive and/or educational and that enhance social well-being and community life.
7. FAMILIES AS ADVOCATES AND LEADERS
Parents and families participate in leadership development, decision-making, program policy development, or in community and state organizing activities to improve children’s development and learning experiences.
In addition to training provided by GCCAC, Inc. and their partners, Child and Family Development staff can help parents identify career interests and link them with professionals in continuing education or the work force.
Please call 301-334-7494 ext. 6123 if you have questions regarding enrolling your child in one of our programs and taking advantage of educational activities.
Parent, Family and Community Engagement Framework
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