Families Are Powerful Partners

Family engagement has always been a cornerstone of Head Start. Looking back, both consistent commitment and important policy efforts have kept family engagement in the forefront of the program. Parents have been prioritized as teachers, decision-makers, advocates, employees, volunteers, and as developers and designers of program activities. Families and programs have remained faithful to the belief that the care and education of children requires their partnership.

Families Are Powerful Partners

Families Are Powerful Partners

Family engagement has always been a cornerstone of Head Start. Parents have been prioritized as teachers, decision-makers, and advocates. They also worked as employees, volunteers, and as developers and designers of program activities.

50 Years of Prioritizing Families in Head Start

Explore the policy efforts that have kept family engagement in the forefront of the Head Start program for five decades.

50 Years of Service to Children, Families, and Fathers

Our understanding of fatherhood has evolved significantly since 1965. In this blog post, David Jones explores the history of father engagement and the many roles fathers play in Head Start programs.

Head Start and the Evolving Concept of Family Involvement

Did you know that when Head Start was first created the concept of parent involvement was controversial? Learn more about the "radical" recommendation for parents to be a part of program governance.

Ann Linehan on Families

Ann Linehan on Families

Listen as Ann Linehan, deputy director of the Office of Head Start, shares a personal memory. She illustrates the power, change, and benefits of partnering with parents.

Parent and Family Stories

Parent and Family Stories

Watch these short videos to explore how families partner with Head Start programs. Hear from moms, dads, grandparents, and more! Discover the contributions they make to the development of their children.

Last Updated: March 22, 2017