ERIC Number: ED089846
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
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TARCOG Home Start Program.
Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments, Huntsville. Human Resources Program.
This report describes the Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments (TARCOG) Home Start Program. Five aspects of the program are presented. (1) The nutrition component is aimed at helping parents make the best use of food resources through good planning, buying, and cooking. (2) The health program involves provision of medical and dental services to the target children of Home Start, and to siblings and parents when possible. (3) Psychological and social services include family counseling by Home Start staff members, and referral and consultation services by mental health agencies in the area. (4) The education component focuses on parent instruction. Educational materials are provided for use at home, and parents work with the children at a Home Start center one day a week. A daily television show for the children is included in the program. (5) The major emphasis of Home Start is on Parent Involvement. Parents are considered the major source of help for their own children. They learn to improve interactions with the child at home, and are encouraged to communicate openly with peers at group meetings. Also, participation in community decision making is strongly encouraged. Staff development is a major concern of the TARCOG program and pre-service workshop and ongoing in-service training experiences are described. Finally, discussion focuses on the benefits of the regional approach and interagency cooperation. (DP)
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Sponsor: Office of Child Development (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments, Huntsville. Human Resources Program.