Coming to Head Start may be your child’s first experience being away from you or your child may already have experience being in a child care program. If your child has not been in the program before, Head Start will be a new experience. It is normal for many young children to cry when they have to separate from their parents and try a new experience. Head Start staff will be working to make this transition from home to Head Start a positive and successful experience for both you and your child. Be prepared that this may take some time. Sometimes your child may be fine until other children begin to cry or your child’s crying may only last a few minutes. Staff will work with you in helping your child to feel safe and comfortable in his/her new classroom. Orientation and Phase-in activities will be helpful in preparing your child for the first day of classes.
Your home visitor will call you the day before your visit to confirm the day and time. The home visitor will be wearing a photo id badge to identify themselves to you. The first few visits are planned for you to learn about your home visitor and for them to begin to know you and your family. There will be additional paperwork to complete with your visitor at the beginning of enrollment, but this will not be how the visits are planned once you have begun your partnership and the necessary enrollment requirements are completed. The first visit allows you time to ask questions and share valuable information on your child’s interests and learning style. If you child is willing, the home visitor will have an educational activity for you, your child and the home visitor to explore together. Going forward you and your home visitor together will plan what happens during your visits.