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Parent Involvement Important Part of Head Start Pre-K

FULTON, NY – At Oswego County Head Start Pre-K parent involvement is strongly encouraged.

Head Start recognizes that parents are a child’s first and primary teacher.

Parents Melissa Kelly (left) and Kimberly McEachen (right) are seated with Family Advocate Linda MacDougall for Center Committee Officer Training this past fall. They are parents with children enrolled at the Fairgrieve Head Start/UPK site of Oswego County Head Start Pre-K.
Parents Melissa Kelly (left) and Kimberly McEachen (right) are seated with Family Advocate Linda MacDougall for Center Committee Officer Training this past fall. They are parents with children enrolled at the Fairgrieve Head Start/UPK site of Oswego County Head Start Pre-K.

Each Head Start center has a team of staff who partner with families to provide parent involvement, education, nutrition, medical, dental, transition, mental health, and disability services.

Parents are encouraged to be involved in all areas of the program, from volunteering in the classroom and participating in Center Committees to being a member of Policy Council, the governing body of the program.

“Parents are a driving force at Head Start”, states Catherine Crocker, Family and Community Services Coordinator.

Enrollment for this coming fall begins in March.

Operated by Oswego County Opportunities, Head Start Pre-K enrolls 3- and 4-year-old children.

The program has centers throughout Oswego County, accepting enrollment of children from all nine school districts.

Head Start accepts applications for enrollment year-round.

For more information about the Oswego County Head Start Pre-K program, please call 598-4711 or 800-359-1171.