A strong relationship between families and Head Start staff is essential to promoting healthy child development and positive learning outcomes. Strong relationships are rooted in trust and comfort, which you can build by being genuine, sincere, and curious about them and their goals, and by supporting them as they work toward those goals. There are a number of communication techniques you can use to build relationships with families. While these techniques are especially relevant to the first visit with a family, they can be applied to all interactions with families.
This online tool supports home visiting staff and those who support them by presenting regulations, strategies, publications, and resources in a way that’s interactive, flexible, and adaptable to people’s needs. It offers the readerthe opportunity to read, review, rate, save, and organize material that’s engaging, supports understanding, and ultimately contributes to their expertise as home visitors and home visiting supervisors. It has been developed by the Early Head Start National Resource Center, and includes numerous resources produced by other national centers.
Prepared for the Office of Head Start, under contract # HHSP23320100009YC, by the Early Head Start National Resource Center at ZERO TO THREE.