Parental Engagement

VOLUNTEERS

AU Early Head Start encourages parents and community members to become involved in the program by volunteering whenever possible. Volunteering is a great way to experience child development as well as the benefits from watching children grow emotionally and socially. The children also benefit from the knowledge you bring with you to the classroom and AU Early Head Start receives an invaluable aid. When you volunteer, your time is considered a donation to our program, and we receive volunteerism “in-Kind” credits for the hours spent.  Please contact your child’s provider and FACES worker to determine ways you can help. Before volunteering your child’s provider and the FACES worker will go through a “Volunteering Form” at the assigned location and have you sign required forms.

Purpose: To provide interaction with children and adults so all can learn and grow together to enhance and develop skills of volunteers.

Time Commitment: Varies upon each volunteer’s schedule.

Responsibilities: (one or more of the following apply)

  • Participate with children’s activities (small and large group, outside time, meal and work time)
  • Read or tell stories to the children
  • Assist Provider with activities and help clean up before or after the school day
  • Assist with mealtime supervision and encourage all children to participate in conversation
  • Assist with food preparation

PARENT COMMITTEE

Each region of the Auburn University Early Head Start program has a parent committee made up of parents with children in the home daycares. The purpose of the committee is to provide every parent of an enrolled child with opportunity to assist in the development of activities that address their interests and needs. After the program year begins, meetings will be held to elect officers for the Parent Committee. Meetings are held by conference call ten times during the year on a date/ time decided by the committee.

POLICY COUNCIL

The purpose of the Policy Council is to assist with planning and implementation of the Early Head Start

Program. The Policy Council meets once per month by conference call, time and dates are determined

by Policy Council members. We have three policy council representatives and three alternates who represent Auburn University Early Head Start Program.

FAMILY INVOLVEMENT

The vision for family involvement is to create a partnership between the home and day care. This is

accomplished by:

  •  Biweekly contact with family advocates to create and assess family goals
  •  Parent educational workshops held by Early Head Start- Child Care Partnership (EHS-CCP)
  •  Special community events for families
  •  Take home activities