ERIC Number: ED414031
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Parent Involvement: A Training Manual for Head Start Staff.
Parker, Faith Lamb; Clark, Beryl; Peay, Lenore; Young, Susan; Fernandez, Awilda; Robinson, Ruth; Baker, Amy
This manual was prepared in response to the overwhelming interest of Head Start staff and other early childhood professionals to presentations of the Parent Involvement Project Intervention at national conferences. The manual presents two strategies designed to help staff better understand and work with parents, especially those perceived to be difficult to engage in the Head Start Experience. The strategies are also designed to provide techniques to engage and encourage parent participation. The first strategy consists of a staff development and training workshop, the goal of which is to present a process of self-awareness and understanding. Ten pertinent exercises are presented: (1) learning about parent involvement; (2) categorizing level of parent involvement; (3) perceptions of the uninvolved parent; (4) uncovering prejudices; (5) the "life load"; (6) depression in low income families; (7) the life load and parent involvement; (8) empowerment; (9) linking empowerment to parent involvement; and (10) choosing hard to engage parents for the peer group. The second strategy presented consists of organizing a peer group for social services and parent involvement staff. Three appendices include background information on the development of the intervention, describe three parent surveys that were used in the Parent Involvement Project, and describe male involvement in Head Start. (SD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Head Start Association, Alexandria, VA.; New York City, NY. Administration for Children's Services.; Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.; National Council of Jewish Women, New York, NY.