Head Start/Early Head Start Program
Family and Community Services
What Can Head Start/Early Head Start Offer Your Family?
Head Start/Early Head Start offers you a sense of belonging, other support services
If you have a family member with a special problem, such as drugs, alcohol, job
Head Start/Early Head Start Family & Community Service Workers and Teachers refer families needing help to medical, public aid, or employment agencies in the community, and will follow up to make sure you have received assistance.
As a parent, you also have a voice in Head Start/Early Head Start. Parents serve on various committees and can be elected to sit on the Policy Council, one of the governing boards of Head Start/Early Head Start. Parents make policies and important decisions in Head Start/Early Head Start.
Social Service and Parent Involvement is offered in all nine counties of TCOC Head Start/Early Head Start. TCOC has 14 Family & Community Service Workers to serve families:
Laura Crawford: Serving Morrison, Northern Spanish speaking families
Cindy Pace-Kennedy: Serving Sterling AM/PM, Sterling Exp. AM/PM
Betsy Kinder: Serving West Carroll AM, West Carroll Extended Day, EHS Carroll County HB
Lendy Smith: Serving Dixon AM/PM, Polo
Carisa Valdez: Serving Rock Falls AM/PM, Oregon Extended Day, Sterling Collaboration, EHS Ogle County HB
Aby Guerrero: Serving Rochelle AM/PM, Rochelle Ext. Day
Lisa Bennett: Serving Rock Falls Expansion AM/PM, Sterling Wallace Extended Day
Selenia Castaneda: Mendota AM/PM, Earlville
Stephanie Orozco: Serving Streator AM/PM, Streator Expansion AM/PM, Streator Extended Day
Andrea Cox: Serving LaSalle AM/PM, LaSalle Extended Day
Maria Barrios: Serving Streator and LaSalle Spanish speaking families
Joshua Coyle: Serving Lacon Extended Day, Wyoming Extended Day, Granville AM
Marsha Miller: Serving Ottawa Expansion AM/PM, Ottawa AM/PM
Maria Sanchez: Serving EHS Rochelle HB, EHS LaSalle HB, EHS Earlville/Mendota HB, EHS Bureau/Putnam HB, EHS Marshall County HB
Rosanna Sanchez: Serving Spring Valley Extended Day, Seneca Extended Day, HS LaSalle HB
Sarah Nambo: Serving EHS Ottawa CB, EHS Streator CB, EHS Ottawa/Marseilles/Streator HB, Head Start Ottawa Full-Day, Full-Year
Families have the opportunity to meet together as a parent group once a month. Parents are in charge at these meetings, and choose the topics of discussion. Parents and children have the opportunity to do a family activity, and have a snack together. Parents then hold a meeting to discuss happenings in the classroom, field trips, planning class activities, and have a choice of a parenting topic such as discipline. The classroom teacher is available for 15 minutes for planning and questions. The Family & Community Service Worker is there for the meeting to assist parents through the meeting. Please check with your classroom for the dates and times of these wonderful meetings.
Family Fun Nights:
Family Fun Nights take place sometime in February. This is a wonderful opportunity for staff, parents, and children to come together for a fun filled night of activities and food. Family Fun Nights are planned in conjunction with parents and staff. A theme is chosen (such as circus) and activities are planned around the theme. Community leaders are invited in to participate or read a story. There are great door prizes, games and lots of food. This is a FREE event for Head Start/Early Head Start families!!!!!
For more information on: Parent Involvement, Family Service or Male Involvement in Head Start/Early Head Start, contact Rachael Delp, TCOC Head Start/Early Head Start Family & Community Services Manager.
405 Emmons Avenue, P.O. Box 610, Rock Falls, IL 61071
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