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PARENT RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES

  

My rights as a Head Start Parent

-   To take part in the major decisions affecting the planning and operations of the program.

-   To be welcomed in the classroom.

-   To choose whether or not I participate without fear of endangering my child’s right to be in the program.

-   To be informed regularly about my child’s progress.

-   To always be treated with respect and dignity.

-   To expect guidance for my child from the Head Start Staff.

-   To be able to learn about the operation of the program including the budget and the level of education and experiences required to fill various staff positions.

-   To take part in planning and carrying out programs designed to increase both personal and professional skills in areas that will improve my well being.

-   To be informed about all community resources concerned with health, education and the improvement of any condition in my family life.

 

My responsibilities as a Head Start parent

-   To learn as much as possible about the program and to take part in major policy decisions.

-   To accept Head Start as an opportunity through which I can improve my life and the lives of my children.

-   To be active in my child’s classroom, as an observer or a volunteer and to contribute my services in whatever way I can, toward the enrichment of the program.

-   To provide parent leadership by taking part in elections to explain the program to other parents and encourage their full participation.

-   To welcome teachers and staff into my home to discuss ways in which parents can help with their child’s development at home in relation to their school experiences.

-   To work with teachers, staff, and other parents in a cooperative way.

-   To guide my children with firmness, this is both loving and protective.

-   To offer constructive criticism of the program and to defend it against unfair practices.

-   To take advantage of programs designed to increase my knowledge about child development and my skills in areas of possible employment.

-   To become involved in community programs which help to improve health, education and recreation for all.

 

Serving Northwest and Northern Indiana, Regional Health Systems supports programs in Benton, Jasper, Lake, LaPorte, Newton, Porter, Pulaski and Starke Counties and manages facilities in Cedar Lake, East Chicago, Gary, Hammond, Highland, Hobart, Lake Station, Merrillville, Valparaiso and Whiting, Indiana.

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