Family strengthening is a topic that has always been a part of the Head Start vision, and the past two decades have seen a growing recognition of how important Dads are to this process. For example, take the 2017 Father/Male Engagement Appreciation Breakfast held by Union Baptist Head Start in Baltimore, Maryland. This event truly embodied the best practice of showing fathers they are needed and appreciated. It also served to uncover Dads’... Continue Reading
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Ed. Note: This is a repost from the ACF Family Room Blog. View the original post here.
Built by visionaries who sought to open avenues of opportunity for families most in need, Head Start continues to be at the forefront of transformation and innovation. As Head Start celebrates the historic 50 year milestone, it is my great pleasure to serve as the director of the Office of Head Start- to help create the vision, and lead the... Continue Reading
Ed. Note: This post originally appeared on the ACF Family Room Blog. Read the original post here.
Approximately 60 percent of children 5 years of age and under regularly participate in non-parental childcare arrangements in early care and education settings. Research indicates that the relationship between the early child care provider/teacher and the parent can contribute to a child’s school readiness as well as improve parent-child... Continue Reading
Ed. note: This post originally appeared as an ACF Region 8 Success Story. Read the original story here.
My name is Kyle Adolf and I am writing this story to explain the positive affect the Head Start program has had on my family. The Head Start program has had a profound influence on my family as all three of my young children have attended and graduated from the program.
My oldest son, Sean, attended Head Start during a time... Continue Reading
Ed. Note: This post originally appeard on the ACF Family Room Blog. Read the original here.
Gone are the days when fathers were stuck in prescribed gender roles and only interacted with their children for disciplinary or financial matters. Today, fathers contribute to their children's overall development and well-being in many ways. They shop and play with children. They shuffle children to sports practices and doctor's appointments.... Continue Reading
“Gerardo” is an Education Service Center Head Start parent and a Responsible Fatherhood program participant. Gerardo believes the program has helped him become a better father and husband.
“I’ve learned so much about being a father, a husband, and a provider,” says Gerardo. “I’m spending more time with my children; I’m there for them and cherish every moment.”
One of the most valuable lessons Gerardo has learned is patience. “A... Continue Reading