School Readiness

Positive and Goal-Oriented Relationships

PFCE Framework NavigationProgram Leadership Professional Development Continuous Learning and Quality Improvement Program Environment Family Partnerships Teaching and Learning Community Partnerships Access and Continuity Family Well-Being Positive Parent-Child Relationships Families as Lifelong Educators Families as Learners Family Engagement In Transitions Family Connections to Peers and Community Families as Advocates and Leaders Child Outcomes Positive and Goal Oriented Relationships Equity, Inclusiveness, and Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness

Positive, goal-oriented relationships develop over time. They are created through interactions among families and staff in Head Start and Early Head Start programs. These relationships:

  • Are fueled by families' passion for their children
  • Are based on mutual respect and trust
  • Affirm and celebrate families' cultures and languages
  • Provide opportunities for two-way communications
  • Include authentic interactions that are meaningful to those who participate in them
  • Often require an awareness of one's personal biases and how those biases can affect mutual respect and trust

Positive, goal-oriented relationships improve wellness by reducing isolation and stress for both families and staff. When they focus on shared goals for children, staff and families can experience the support that comes from knowing they all are on the same team. These relationships support the aims of equity, inclusiveness, and cultural and linguistic responsiveness.

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