While roughly 15 percent of new mothers suffer from maternal depression, the rates are much higher in families with lower incomes. In fact, 52 percent of mothers in an Early Head Start research study reported high levels of depressive symptoms.
Head Start program staff who work with families can explore two databases with professional development and educational opportunities. They can explore career pathways in social work, human services, family services, counseling, and related fields.
Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Simulation: Boosting School Readiness through Effective Family Engagement Series
What you do and say matters! Explore and practice everyday strategies to develop Positive Goal-Oriented Relationships with a family.
Explore this set of resources designed to support Latino fathers as early literacy models for their children. The resources outline creating father-friendly environments, building community supports, sharing stories, and supporting early literacy for young children. Many of the resources and activities are in English and Spanish.
The Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (PFCE) Simulation Series take you to a virtual Head Start/Early Head Start center where you assume the role of a staff member. You will have the chance to build Positive Goal-Oriented Relationships with the Martin family.
In this resource series, learn ways to enhance relationships with parents who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). Directors, teachers, providers, and parents can use this resource to help build strong partnerships.
A crisis is a period of heightened family tension and imbalance that requires quick staff identification. Head Start staff who work with families will find this information useful in understanding what brings about crises for families. Just as a crisis is an opportunity for a family, it is also an opportunity for staff to make a real difference in the life of a Head Start family
Fathers for Life: Strengthening Families and Fatherhood: Children of Fathers in the Criminal Justice System
This resource was developed under an Innovation and Improvement Project grant from the Office of Head Start with the goal to encourage and support positive relationships of families with infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children of incarcerated fathers or fathers on probation or parole. Head Start programs may find this resource useful.
Stay up to date with the Family and Community Engagement E-News. This monthly alert will assist program efforts to achieve family outcomes that promote school readiness and healthy development.
Ongoing outreach to recruit and enroll immigrant families is essential, but can be challenging. Family service staff would benefit from the recruitment strategies listed in this article as well as an explanation of some of the challenges immigrant families face. All program staff could benefit from the helpful tips for creating a welcoming environment for immigrant children and families.