A Design for Family Support: Training Guides for the Head Start Learning Community
National Alliance of Business [for the Head Start Bureau]
This training guide is intended to help Head Start staff develop the essential partnership-building skills that contribute to Head Start's overall effectiveness as a supportive, family-centered community. Each of the guide's three modules details module outcomes, concepts, and background information. Module 1 defines family support in terms of principles and practices, and provides activities to clarify the ways staff and the agency can move forward in showing families that they are part of a caring Head Start community. Building blocks for developing a community of family support are discussed, practiced, and assessed by staff. Module 2 addresses essential skills for working with families by giving staff the opportunity to examine and practice two essential skills for building partnerships with families: (1) partnership talk; and (2) joining with a family. This module also encourages skill development in addressing challenging behaviors that may surface in individuals during staff-family meetings, and situations which may impede the partnership-building process. Module 3 addresses mobilizing family strengths. The guide's section on continuing professional development provides activities for expanding and reinforcing staff skills in family support. Contains 12 resources, including books, journals, newsletters, information systems, organizations, and audiovisual materials.
National Alliance of Business [for the Head Start Bureau]. A Design for Family Support: Training Guides for the Head Start Learning Community (1996). National Alliance of Business [for the Head Start Bureau]: Alexandria, VA.
Sponsoring Agency: Head Start Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services
Reading Level: Average
Formats Available: Printed Material
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National Alliance of Business [for the Head Start Bureau]URL: http://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED407140
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Intended User Audience:
Target audiences for this guide's training program are Head Start staff directly involved with families, including staff working in the areas of family and community partnerships, education and early childhood development, and child health and development. The material is also intended for teachers and caregivers as they conduct home visits and partner with parents to support children's development. Finally, program managers and coordinators can benefit from this guide as they help staff evaluate their skills and pursue plans for continuing professional development.
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