Based in the U.S., Head Start has become one of the most extensive compensatory programs funded by the government. From the very beginning, the initiating engaged families in order to establish a trustful and positive relationship between family members, their children, and staff. According to the source, “family engagement involves parents’ engagement with their children and with staff as they work together toward the goals that families choose for themselves and their children” (“Head Start parent,” 2021, para. 3). This paper aims to discuss the reasons for involving a family in the program.
The program’s main goal was to ensure that children grow in economically, socially, physically, and emotionally safe environments. From its inception, the program attempted to ensure that kids receive enough care by involving their parents, who started to educate their children because they knew them better than anyone (Shabazz, 2019). Parents could share their cultural beliefs, traditions, knowledge, and experience. The other reason was to address the poverty among low-income families. Head Start aims to provide children from vulnerable groups with educational opportunities and their families with workplaces (Shabazz, 2019). Thus, parents were able to find work as caregivers and earn a living. This idea was increasingly helpful for fighting poverty and improving the state’s economy.
Ultimately, Head Start aimed to engage parents to measure their role in promoting kids’ school performance. It was identified that educational success partially depends on the family’s involvement in their child’s school affairs (Dancley, 2020). Such parents also helped educational institutions organize volunteering events, workshops, board meetings, and others. In general, the program proved that when the family is invested in their children’s development, they become more confident about their future.
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