Program Environments: Responsive Programming for Migrant Families

Watch this video for promising practices from a Head Start program for migrant families in San Luis Obispo, CA. Learn ways to foster strong relationships and partnerships between families and staff. Effective partnerships support parent-child connections, family well-being, and goal-setting.

Parent-Child Relationships

Caring and responsive parent-child relationships help children thrive in school and in life. Explore this research-based infographic to learn how and why the parent-child relationship is important. Review strategies program supervisors and staff can use the infographic to promote these relationships.

Supervisors

  • Distribute during staff orientation
  • Review with staff and have them journal when they observe strong parent-child relationships
  • Provide opportunities for staff to share at future staff meeting
  • Use “Value, Respect, and Support” prompts in role plays at staff meetings or during reflective supervision
  • Display on the wall as a reminder to staff

Program Staff

  • Distribute during parent orientation
  • Share with a parent as a conversation starter in the classroom or during a home visit
  • Display in the classroom or home care setting to demonstrate the commitment to parent-child relationships and to promote discussion of program goals