Family Services Network

WHY

One of Head Start’s objectives is to provide accessible and individualized resources for families. In a nutshell, Family Service Specialists build relationships with families and community resources. Members gain knowledge and resources, share expertise, and brainstorm together in order to establish relationships to best serve individual Head Start family needs.

WHAT

In this network, Family Service Specialists receive support from Region 3’s Training and Technical Assistance Team, community partners,  and each other so they may best:

  • Establish mutually respectful partnerships with families to enhance the quality of their lives and their communities.
  • Support families’ efforts to reach their goals.
  • Offer parents’ opportunities to be involved in-group activities, including policy groups and educational activities based on interest and need.
  • Provide opportunities for children and families to participate in family literacy services.
  • Coordinate and integrate Head Start comprehensive services in order to enhance effectiveness.
  • Support families in accessing other community resources.
  • Assist families in crisis.
  • Respect and respond competently to the culture, traditions, lifestyle, language, and values of each family and community.
  • Contribute to effective program practices and maintain a commitment to professionalism.

WHEN

The Virginia Head Start Association Family Service Specialists Committee (VAHSA FSSC) meets quarterly on Zoom.

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