Overview of the Family Services Role in Head Start Programs

Staff Who Work with Families

Congratulations! Welcome to the Head Start family.

Who helps parents and families succeed? You do! Like many program staff, maybe you were a parent of a child in a Head Start program. You may identify with parents who may feel vulnerable and juggle many responsibilities.

As a family services professional, you can use this resource to:

  • Learn more about the Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework
  • Deepen your knowledge of family services in programs
  • Review your roles and responsibilities
  • Reflect on your work with families
  • Connect with your supervisor and other staff to identify areas of support and map out your professional development plan
  • Enhance your practices with families and colleagues

This resource was designed to support you as you begin your family services journey. We hope it helps you recognize and appreciate the important role you play in promoting family well-being and success. You are leaders and make what is unique about Head Start programs come to life.[1] We want to thank you for your work with children and families in your community.

Complete the online version of the overview, Introduction to the Family Services Role in Head Start and Early Head Start Programs, on the iPD to earn CEUs.