Location: Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans, LA
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 800-882-7482
Standard Registration: $480
T/TAS@Your Service Subscribers: $420 - some restrictions apply
1.425 CEUs (14.25 contact hours) from Western Kentucky University: $25
An excerpt from 1302.50 (a) of The Head Start Program Performance Standards states “A program must integrate parent and family engagement strategies into all systems and program services to support family well-being and promote children’s learning and development.” This regulation informs programs of the importance of integrating family engagement in the total program.
This interactive two and a half-day training will allow participants opportunities to put theory and knowledge into simulated practice through many experiential activities, positive feedback, small and large group activities, as well as reflection and planning time. Designated staff are confronted with many areas of responsibilities; primary among them is the understanding of the family assessment, the development of family partnership agreements, and the integration of the Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (PFCE) Framework. In addition, getting parents engaged, excited, and passionate about their role in the program is paramount to a successful experience for families.
With high caseloads, family services staff are feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and in a time-crunch to “get it all done.” The Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 also outlines a clear definition for Family Literacy. The four areas of Family Literacy highlight parent engagement and partnerships, all of which can be fully integrated in the Head Start/Early Head Start program.
Parent and Family Engagement: Exploring Strategies in Systems and Program Services will address specific areas that can be woven into the Parent Committee, the family partnership agreement process, and other areas of the program. This Institute will offer strategies on enhancing key areas that engage parents and promote partnerships such as parent Orientations, the Parent Committee, application/enrollment time, and home-visits/first meeting.
Day three will include a panel/roundtable discussion covering partnership and implementation of initiatives with child passenger safety technicians, organizations, and communities throughout the nation. Attendees will be able to engage with child passenger safety leaders to discuss how to implement programs in their communities. Speakers on the panel will include Bridget Gardner, RN, Coordinator of the Community Injury Prevention Program at UMC New Orleans and Program Director of the Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force; and Patricia Clesi, Louisiana Regional Coordinator of Child Passenger Safety.
- Participants will broaden their definition of family engagement through exploration of the PFCE framework;
- Participants will develop a greater understanding of the importance of relationships between parents and staff;
- Participants will review the mandated components of family literacy from the 2007 Head Start Act that can easily be integrated in family partnership agreements as well as Parent Engagement;
- Participants will practice walking in the shoes of a parent and/or a family service staff member in areas such as enrollment/application, parent orientation, health services, early childhood education services, home-visits, advocacy, and financial literacy;
- Participants will review relevant parent engagement requirements from the Head Start Program Performance Standards; and
- Participants will explore the importance of understanding and partnering with Child Passenger Safety.
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