RICHARD BLACK: It kind of makes you feel as if you can cut through a lot of the bureaucracy. And whether you just want to walk in and you have something on your mind, you feel a lot more open that you can go and you can speak to anyone about anything. JANET SCHULTZ: The networking among the membership of the Health Services Advisory Committee is wonderful. TRACEY YEE: You have a canvas, you know, and you can paint what you want on it, and that can be your Health Advisory Committee. NARRATOR: Head Start and Early Head Start programs offer high quality early childhood education, health and social services, along with a strong parent involvement focus, to low-income children nationwide. Head Start sees every community as a fabric made up of tightly woven threads. These threads -- the children, families, and community members -- weave intimate connections to create a colorful tapestry that reflects its strengths and warmth. The Health Services Advisory Committee, as required by the Head Start Program Performance Standards, brings together staff, parents, and community members to address emerging health issues, develop plans, policies, and procedures, as well as mobilize community resources. The following stories show different actions that Advisory Committees can take to help children build relationships, advocate for change, empower parents, and strengthen communities.
Head Start programs provide health services in partnership with families and community health organizations. Together they support the health and safety of young children and their families. Health Services Advisory Committees (HSACs) help programs to make decisions about health services. Weaving Connections is a resource that programs can use to help plan, recruit, engage, and evaluate the work of the HSAC.
This updated version of Weaving Connections preserves the framework of the five original modules. Programs will also find a new module that discusses how to use recent technologies to promote HSAC participation. This document is available in Spanish (español).