Parent Involvement

Parents play a very important part in the Head Start program.  Parents help make program decisions.  They participate in the classroom and in parent group activities and they help plan Head Start programs.  Many parents are also volunteers or paid employees.  Head Start parents receive preference for employment.

Parents may also participate in the Local Policy Committee (LPC).  This group consists of parents and community representatives and sets policy for the Head Start program.  The LPC must approve major program decisions, from hiring employees to making changes in budget and services.  The Policy Committee and Head Start staff evaluates the Head Start program to make sure that it meets all federal requirements as well as the needs of participating families.

Parents are involved in the planning of the:

  • Education Curriculum
  • Menus
  • Field Trips
  • Daily Classroom Activities