The Policy Council is made up of parents and board members who are elected annually. They make decisions about budget spending, hiring new staff, and program policies. Policy Council meetings are held monthly on the fourth Monday of the month.
All Early Head Start parents are invited to participate on the Parent Committee, which plans activities and reviews past events. The committee meets monthly on the second Wednesday.
ON-GOING CHILD ASSESSMENT
Early Head Start provides regular developmental assessments to help parents know if their child is on track for healthy early child development and when extra support is needed. In addition, children may receive hearing screens, lead testing, and nutrition assessments.
Families usually receive a weekly 90-minute visit at home from a trained Family Educator. Parents and the Family Educator plan and carry out learning experiences and activities to support the child’s growth and development. Parents also receive support as they work on family goals.
HEALTH SERVICES ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Staff, parents, and local health care providers come together to plan health services in the Early Head Start program. This is done by linking children to continuing health care, planning responses to medical and dental emergencies, and working for easier access to health services that are responsive to family needs.
FATHERS AND CHILDREN TOGETHER (FACT)
Fathers and father figures plan and participate in activities that give them special quality time with their children. FACT also includes a program to earn new books for their children by reading with them on a regular basis.
Once every 3 months, there is a free activity to promote positive family interactions. In the past, the Parent Committee has planned activities such as a trip to Thanksgiving Point Farm Country, a cook out and visit from the Utah County fire fighters, family Olympics, and a visit to the Springville Art Museum.
This twice a month family activity begins with a snack. Parents and children are split up into groups according to the child’s age for a fun joint activity.
Community partners provide Early Head Start families with quality resources to help them meet their child and family goals. Staff help families find and access these resources.
CHILD AND FAMILY GOAL SUPPORT
Parents receive support and resources to help them set and reach goals for their children and themselves. Goals can include things such as helping a child meet a developmental milestone, obtaining more adult education, or finding employment.