This month, the Fall to Fall Series will focus on Relationship-Based Competencies Nos. 1 and 2:
Positive, Goal-Oriented Relationships: Effective family engagement requires the development of relationships that support family well-being, strong relationships between parents and their children, and ongoing learning and development for both parents and children. Establishing positive, goal-oriented relationships results in strengthened partnerships that lead to positive outcomes for children and families.
Self-Aware and Culturally Responsive Relationships: Culture affects how people think about roles and relationships and how they interact with others. Developing self-aware and culturally responsive relationships results in programs and staff that are aware of their own culture and that respect and respond appropriately to the culture, language, values, and family structures of each family served.
To help you explore these competencies, we are pleased to share the following resources. You may also find these resources useful for team skill-building, reflection, and discussion to enhance your program's partnerships with families.
Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Simulation: Boosting School Readiness through Effective Family Engagement
What you do and say matters! The Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (PFCE) Simulation takes you to a virtual Head Start center where you assume the role of a Head Start staff member introducing a family to the program during an intake visit. In the role play, you practice everyday strategies for developing positive, goal-directed relationships. These relationships are key to our work with families on the journey toward school readiness and family well-being.
Culture is important for building mutually respectful partnerships with families. Finding ways to understand the culture of each family and how it influences their perspective and goals for themselves and their children is essential to providing effective Head Start services. This resource highlights the importance of understanding multicultural principles in Head Start and Early Head Start programs. This month, we encourage you to focus on the first principle to help build knowledge of families' culture and home language awareness. (Learning Extension Principle 1: Every Individual is Rooted in Culture)
Last Reviewed: February 2013
Last Updated: May 14, 2014