Some of the recruiting practices I think that would be very useful for Head Start programs is (1) to market themselves to places where we know homeless families are served. Shelters would be one. There are certain advocacy groups, again, local county or state that also would be I think would be more than happy to receive marketing material from Head Start programs. So I think those two sources would be very useful, but also Head Start programs, I think, are going to have to be a little more diligent about, kind of, “hitting the pavement”, in other words, making themselves available in their communities, perhaps setting up different recruitment hubs, so to speak, above and beyond just mailing out material because, also, again families are highly mobile. Since they move around a lot, they may not be able to collect mail in certain places. And there may be some literacy issues, as well, so you need people on the ground who can actually interface with the community one-on-one.
Head Start programs can also engage, and I think should engage, and market themselves to homeless shelters, as well as other agencies that serve this particular population. Perhaps advocacy groups on the local/state level in that state, as well. I think one other important thing that Head Start grantees should think about is consulting with the Migrant and Seasonal Head Start programs in their state. This is a group – no pun intended – who has had a head start with serving highly mobile families, and so I think there could be some useful information that can be drawn from these programs who have had a rich experience serving families who move around quite a bit.
McKinney-Vento liaisons will be very, very useful to Head Start programs. For one, again they can inform the policies or new policies and procedures that Head Start grantees may be seeking to implement to be of better service to homeless children and families but likewise, as McKinney-Vento liaisons serve children and families who perhaps are in the K-12 system, those families may have siblings- young siblings who are Early Head Start or Head Start age, and so the McKinney-Vento liaison can certainly help connect that program with younger siblings who would certainly be eligible for Early Head Start or Head Start services. And then again, I think the last thing would be in terms of helping programs to be sensitive to the needs of that particular population. I think McKinney-Vento liaisons can help with training and informing staff who will be working with these families.
Khari’s Ideas: Explore Information
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