Head Start Parents’ Page

Head Start Parents’ Page

At Early Head Start and Head Start of York County, we believe that parents are a child’s most important teachers. Since its inception in 1965, the program has honored the critical role that parents play in their child’s success and included extensive opportunities for partnership.


Teaching you how to be the key to your child's education.

Throughout the year, parents:

  • Meet with their child’s teacher to review progress notes and set goals for their child, both at home and in the classroom
  • Spend time volunteering in the classrooms, learning how their child functions away from home with other adults and children

Parents' Roles

Early Head Start and Head Start of York County also provide training for parents who are interested in working in the classrooms. After completing the training program, parents can then become paid substitute teachers.

Learn more about parents’ roles in our Parent Handbook:



More Information

Learn more about parent gatherings, policy council and view additional resources.

Parent Gatherings

Parents meet regularly through parent gatherings to conduct the business of the center, learn about issues important to them and share input for the educational programs. These meetings provide opportunities for parents to develop leadership skills, socialize with other families and advocate for their Head Start Center in a comfortable setting.

Policy Council

A parent from each Parent Gathering is elected to represent the Policy Council, which governs Head Start of York County with the Community Progress Council Board of Directors. The Policy Council includes center representatives, community representatives and a board representative.

The Policy Council considers matters that affect the entire program and is involved in:

  • All funding applications
  • The interview process, hiring or termination of staff
  • Approval of policies affecting children, families and staff
  • County-wide service projects
  • Enrollment
  • The self-assessment process

Additional Resources

Find additional family resources through the Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center (ECLKC):

  • Quick tips, reference guides and family activities
  • Head Start and Early Head Start center locations across the country
  • Information on Head Start services
  • Resources, downloadable publications and related websites
  • Articles on breast-feeding, parenting a child with special needs, how to get help with your energy bill, what to consider when buying toys and much more