Who knows more about what my child needs than I do?
Right now, the federal Department of Health and Human Services is considering cutting requirements for Parent Committees and Family Partnership Agreements in local Head Start programs, the foundation of the relationship between Head Start parents and staff.
After enrolling my child in Puget Sound ESD Head Start, the teachers and staff worked closely with our family to meet our goals for parenting, housing, food security and employment. The parent committees give parents the opportunity to make key decisions about local services, helping parents become strong advocates and community leaders on our children’s behalf.
I grew up in poverty, feeling like I had no power to change my circumstances or even be heard. Head Start opened so many doors to amazing leadership opportunities, I felt empowered to make a difference, not only for my family, but my entire community.
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Today, I serve proudly on the parent policy council at PSESD, where I continue to advocate for my child and all our community’s vulnerable children.
A core value of Head Start is that parents are their children’s first teachers and advocates, and federal standards should not abandon that important legacy.