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    2017-18

    Parent Handbook SPOKANE HEAD START/EARLY HEAD START A PROGRAM OF THE COMMUNITY COLLEGES OF SPOKANE

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    Table of Contents Welcome to Head Start/Early Head Start .................................................................................................................................... 3

    Vision, Mission, and Values Statements ...................................................................................................................................... 3

    Vision ....................................................................................................................................................................................... 3

    Mission ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 3

    Values ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 3

    You Are Part of Our Team ............................................................................................................................................................ 4

    Ways You Can Volunteer and Get Involved… .......................................................................................................................... 4

    Classroom Services ...................................................................................................................................................................... 4

    Children’s Services ....................................................................................................................................................................... 5

    Infant/Toddler Services ............................................................................................................................................................... 5

    Special Services ............................................................................................................................................................................ 6

    Nutrition Services ........................................................................................................................................................................ 6

    Health Services ............................................................................................................................................................................ 7

    Parent/Family Services ................................................................................................................................................................ 8

    Parent Engagement and Leadership Opportunities .................................................................................................................... 9

    Parent Education ......................................................................................................................................................................... 9

    Licensing, Plans, and Policies ..................................................................................................................................................... 10

    Policy Review ............................................................................................................................................................................. 11

    Program Options ........................................................................................................................................................................ 12

    A Message for Parents About Pedestrian Safety ....................................................................................................................... 13

    Head Start/Early Head Start Centers ......................................................................................................................................... 16

    Classroom Information .............................................................................................................................................................. 17

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    Welcome to Head Start/Early Head Start

    We are happy to have you and your child as members of the Spokane Head Start/Early Head Start program. Head Start and Early Head Start are comprehensive early childhood education programs that promote school readiness from birth to Kindergarten for children. School readiness means children are ready for school, families are ready to support their children’s learning, and schools are ready for children. Head Start/Early Head Start promotes children’s growth in the following areas: cognitive, social, emotional, physical development, and health.

    Children do better in school when parents are involved. We believe that you, as the parent, are the first and most important teacher of your children and that your engagement is an important part of your child’s success. There are many opportunities for you to participate in our program, and we welcome you to become involved in your child’s education.

    We encourage you to volunteer in the classroom and to participate in the many trainings, activities, and events that will be available to you. We especially encourage parents to consider being part of the Policy Council. The Policy Council meets monthly and allows parents and community members to have input in program direction and to share ideas about how we can improve our services to families. This Parent Handbook includes important information about program policies and practices that will help you and your child get the most benefit from your Head Start/Early Head Start Experience.

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    Vision, Mission, and Values Statements

    Vision

    Transforming the future by making a difference in the lives of children and families.

    Mission

    Spokane County HS/ECEAP/EHS is a child development program that provides early childhood education, social services, and health services for eligible young children and families, including those with special needs.

    We offer safe and secure environments that nurture child growth and development, and provide learning opportunities for children to enhance their skills and abilities for school success.

    We support families in their role as the first teachers of their children, and encourage their active involvement in the program.

    Values

    Empower Through Education

    We recognize the power of education to transform and enrich the lives of children and families. We support lifelong learning and foster individual development as a cornerstone for personal wellbeing and success.

    Foster Respect, Inclusion and Diversity

    We welcome diversity and honor individuals for their unique contributions to the program.

    Serve the Community

    We value partnerships within the community. Together we strive to anticipate and respond to community needs, collaborating to enhance services that enrich the quality of family life.

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    You Are Part of Our Team Head Start (HS) and Early Head Start (EHS) depends on you to make our program successful! There are many opportunities for you to get involved. We welcome you to become involved in your child’s HS/EHS classroom.

    Ways You Can Volunteer and Get Involved…

    Health and Nutrition Activities Help with health screenings. Share family recipes.

    Help with classroom cooking activities. Help prepare and serve snacks.

    Classroom Opportunities Read a story to children. Share family traditions. Sing a song/play instruments. Help with art activities.

    Help with a field trip. Show kids how to use tools. Support your child’s learning goals at home.

    Office Activities Answer phones. Decorate bulletin boards. Help with mail and filing.

    Put information in cubbies. Photocopy flyers.

    Program Planning Represent your site at Policy Council. Participate in parent committee meetings.

    Assist with program self-assessment.

    While you participate in program activities such as classroom or center volunteer, attending parent meetings/trainings, etc., Head Start will pay for child care for your non-enrolled children. See your family services coordinator for a Child Care Reimbursement form. Regular volunteers need to have a TB test (see your medical provider) and a Criminal History Check.

    In-Kind We Keep Track of How Many Hours Parents Give to Our Program . . . This is important! We need over $1 million worth of volunteer hours each year to count toward required nonfederal match, or “in-kind,” requirements.

    Time spent at home supporting your child’s learning goals can also count toward in-kind.

    Classroom Services Parents are welcome to visit their child’s classroom at any time; however, please make other arrangements for the enrolled child’s siblings. Drop-off and pick-up can be hard for young children. If possible, allow extra time to say “good-bye” at the beginning of a session and for pick-up at the end of the day. Children enrolled at HS/EHS have the chance to build friendships with other children and adults. They learn through play— actively exploring the world around them. During free play, children participate in art, water play, music, movement, and story time. They develop emotional control, readiness to learn, and indepen