Overview of the Family Services Role in Head Start Programs

Closing Thoughts

“How you are is as important as what you do.” — Jeree Pawl

As a family services professional, you are an essential part of your Head Start community. You build relationships with families and community partners that strengthen the high-quality, comprehensive services of Head Start programs. By using strengths-based approaches, you cultivate authentic partnerships with families that support their progress toward their goals and dreams. When you weave equity, inclusiveness, and cultural and linguistic responsiveness into your work, you create a welcoming environment where all families feel a sense of belonging.

As you build respectful, positive, and goal-oriented relationships with families, you help to strengthen parent-child relationships. You recognize and collaborate with parents and family members as leaders in the program and community. Your daily work with families and children in your community is invaluable, and Head Start programs would not be able to offer high-quality, comprehensive, two-generation services without you!

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou