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Title: ECKAN Head Start

ECKAN Head Start
  • Welcome to

Introductions Center Contact Information
(Staff and center contact information goes here)
  • ECKAN is a Community Action Agency (CAA).
  • CAAs are local, private and public non-profit
    organizations that carry out the Community Action
    Program (CAP), which was founded by the 1964
    Economic Opportunity Act to fight poverty by
    empowering the poor as part of the War on
  • CAAs are intended to promote self sufficiency and
    they depend heavily on volunteer work, especially
    from the low-income community.
  • (Distribute Brochure)

ECKANS Mission Statement
  • To identify and focus available resources that
    enable eligible families and individuals to
    attain critical skills, knowledge and attitudes
    necessary to achieve self-sufficiency.
  • Ultimately, ECKANs vision is to eliminate the
    causes and conditions of poverty in ECKANs
    service area through individual and
    organizational dedication, collaboration, and

What is Head Start ?
  • Head Start encourages the role of parents as
    their child's first and most important teachers.
    Programs build relationships with families that
    support positive parent-child relationships,
    family well-being, and connections to peers and
  • Head Start services are responsive to each child
    and family's ethnic, cultural, and linguistic

  • Comprehensive services are offered in the areas
    of Education, Parent Engagement (including social
    services supports), Child/Family Transitions,
    Nutrition, and Health Services (including
    physical, dental, and mental health).
  • Comprehensive and intentional support is offered
    to promote self-sufficiency, support healthy
    growth and development, and ultimately to reach
    school readiness. 

What is School Readiness?
  • The Office of Head Start (OHS) defines school
    readiness as children being ready for school,
    families ready to support their children's
    learning, and schools ready for the children who
    enter their doors.
  • Children's school readiness is measured by the
    skills set out in the five domains of the
  • Head Start Child Development and Early Learning
  • Language and Literacy
  • Cognition and General Knowledge
  • Approaches to Learning
  • Physical Development and Health
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Families are engaged in their children's learning
    and development and are poised to support the
    lifelong success of their child. Head Start
    recognizes that parents are their children's
    primary teachers and advocates.
  • As Head Start programs, parents, and schools work
    together to promote school readiness and engage
    families as their children make the transition to
    kindergarten, schools become ready for children.

  • ECKAN Head Start Staff will
  • Support you as your childs first teacher.
  • Provide opportunities for you to be make
    decisions and be involved in your childs
  • Offer volunteer opportunities.
  • Provide learning opportunities for you to become
    a stronger advocate for your child.
  • Provide health developmental screenings for
    your child.
  • Support you to identify and reach family goals.
  • Assist you to locate resources to meet needs
    identified by you.

Services begin with YOU - THE PARENT!!!! Head
Start staff will assist parents/guardians to
identify helpful information and resources that
support you to make decisions that are best for
your family.
Your INVOLVEMENT is essential for families,
children, and staff to experience SUCCESS in our
program! In order to continue receiving Federal
Funding, each Head Start program must receive
donations from the community. These donations are
called In-Kind donations and they must equal at
least 25 of the total dollar amount that comes
from the Federal Government. In-kind donations
can be in several forms including all time and
goods necessary to provide program services. If
each family provided at least 6 hours of in-kind
each month, ECKAN would easily reach the needed
amount of contribution. Research shows that
children with parents who are involved, are more
successful in school and life!!
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Volunteers in Head Start
  • There are a variety of ways you can volunteer,
  • -in the classroom, for any portion of the day
  • -help assemble book bags
  • -assist in the kitchen or with mealtime
  • -wash cot sheets and blankets
  • -prepare classroom/educational activities
    under the direction of the teacher/home visitor
  • -building maintenance, scooping, mowing/lawn,
    bushes, etc.
  • -playground maintenance /or health and safety
  • -daily classroom health and safety checklist
  • -making copies or other secretarial work
  • -recruitment activities (Chair a recruitment
  • -Parent Committees Policy Council
  • . and Many, Many, More!
  • Help your children develop a love of learning by
    being a part of their education!
  • You will love it!

Parent Events There will be many opportunities
two examples include
  • Fatherhood Activities We value the involvement
    of men in the lives of children. Events and
    activities will be offered throughout the year to
    encourage the involvement of male role-models in
    Head Start programming.
  • Parent Committee Meetings As a Head Start
    parent, you are automatically a member of your
    local parent committee. These meetings are lead
    by parents and include discussion and decision
    making about your classroom, program, and even in
    your community. A representative from your
    committee will be elected to attend Policy
    Council once a month at Ottawas Central office.
  • Want to get involved? See a staff member, we
  • many things that you can do to help out!

Policy Council
  • What? A group of representatives elected from
    each Parent Committee to make program decisions
    regarding staff, budgeting, program options and
    much more!
  • When? One meeting per month based on members
  • Where? Meetings are located in Ottawa, KS.
    Mileage and childcare reimbursements are paid to
    those involved.
  • How? Let your Family Service Worker know that you
    are interested in Policy Council.
  • No experience necessary..we offer training.
  • Great if you are interested in Parent Leadership.
  • Give about 2 hours per month.
  • Give reports at the parent meetings in your
  • (Mileage, childcare, and meals are provided as
    necessary. See the Parent Handbook and
  • talk to your Family Service Worker or Home
    Visitor for more information.)

Policy and Procedure
Home Visits
  • In the Center-Based option, Teachers and Family
    Service Workers each make two Home Visits, one in
    the Fall and one again in the Spring. They will
    contact you to arrange a time that works best for
  • There is a lot of information they will cover in
    a 60-90 minute visit. We ask that you provide a
    smoke-free environment with as little distraction
    as possible.
  • Teachers will also arrange two Parent-Teacher
    Conferences each year.

Your Childs Attendance is VERY Important! Heres
  • One of the primary goals of the Head Start
    program is to help prepare children and families
    for kindergarten. (We are actually required to
    submit a school readiness report to the Office of
    Head Start!)
  • We are mandated to work with community partners
    to serve as many children/families as possible,
    using all of the resources available in the area.
    (That means we all must work together to serve as
    many of those who qualify and want to
  • In the center-based option, breakfast and lunch
    are served each day and education activities are
    being planned for each day. If your child is late
    and you have not called us, your child may be
    given an alternate breakfast and/or lunch that
    meets nutritional guidelines.
  • If a child has 4 unexcused absences in a 6 week
    period, a meeting will be held with the parent,
    the Family Service Worker, and/or the Area
    Manager to discuss a solution.
  • Proven fact children who are excited about
    school and love learning reach a higher rate of
    educational success than those who do not.
  • If a child is ill for 3 days or more, they may
    need a doctors note to come back to school.
  • Therefore, it is very important for your child to
    be in school everyday. However, if there is a
    need for them to be gone, i.e. ill or
    appointment, please call the center to let the
    staff know as soon as possible.

Emergency Contacts
  • Parents/Guardians must maintain at least 3 people
    on their Emergency/Contact Pick-Up list.
  • A child WILL NOT be released to anyone who has
    not been added to the emergency contact list.
  • Parents/Guardians will be given the opportunity
    to update their list at both fall and spring
    conferences, but the list can be changed in
    person by parent/guardian at anytime.
  • A written request is the only other form
    accepted. A note must be written and must include
    the persons full name (as on their id) and phone
    number. The note must also be signed and include
    the date the request was made.
  • Staff will request I.D. on the person(s) coming
    in to pick up children for the first time.

Children Who Are Not Picked Up
  • An authorized adult must pick up the child at the
    end of the school day.
  • If the child is not picked up, staff will call
    all numbers on the emergency to find some to pick
    up the child.
  • If no one can be reached and the parent has not
    called within 30 minutes of school dismissal, the
    police and/or child protective services will be
  • The child will be turned over as a child in Need
    of Care.

Notifying Parents in the Event of an Emergency
  • All staff is trained in First Aid CPR.
  • Staff will call an ambulance if needed and begin
    providing emergency care.
  • Staff will contact the parent and give pertinent
  • If there is a fire, children will be evacuated
    and parents contacted,
  • if necessary.
  • When there is a tornado, all children will stay
    in a tornado shelter.
  • During a thunderstorm warning, children will be
    kept inside and parents contacted, if necessary.
  • If there is a lock down, all children will be
    kept inside the classroom or center. Children
    will be released at the end of the day unless the
    all clear has not been given. During a lock
    down, parent and children are not to leave or
    enter the building.

Parent Background Check
  • Parents are always encouraged to be a part of the
    classroom with their Head Start child to read,
    eat, sing, share customs, etc.
  • Childcare Licensing Regulations require us to
    complete a KBI (Kansas Bureau of Investigation)
    background check on all regular volunteers. If
    the KBI does not come back as cleared, you may
    not be able to volunteer in the classroom.
  • Questions can be addressed to the Kansas
    Department of Health and Environment in Topeka.

Mandated Reporting We want parents to feel
comfortable talking to us about their child.
When concerns about the childs health or safety
arise, staff will bring their concerns to the
parent. Staff is required to report to the local
child protection agency and to their supervisor.
All ECKAN Head Start staff persons are mandated
reporters. This means, if there is any suspicion
regarding a childs well-being, all staff persons
are required by law to report their concerns.
Staff are trained in recognizing and reporting
child abuse and neglect. If you would like
more information about mandated reporting, please
contact your Home Visitor or Family Service
Worker. Trainings can be provided to those who
are interested.
Holiday/Celebration Procedure
  • The policy of the ECKAN Head Start Program is
    that we will not plan or conduct holiday
    activities or celebrations (including birthday
    parties and gift exchanges) during class time or
  • Each family varies in the types of holidays
    celebrated and in the ways they are celebrated.
    It is important for each child to learn about
    his/her familys beliefs and traditions at home.
    We value each familys heritage and we do not
    want any of our families or children to feel
    their background or tradition is less important
    than others, as we are unable to fairly observe
    the many cultures and traditions represented
    throughout our program
  • (There is more information in your Parent

Picture Taking Policy
  • No cameras, no cell phones, no video recorders,
    or other picture taking devices are allowed to be
    used during program activities, including
    classroom time, parent events, outdoor
    activities, etc. without prior approval.
  • Staff members take pictures of all events and
    will share them with families through their
    childs portfolio.
  • This is for confidentiality of all program

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  • Be sure to refer to your calendar for days off,
    special events, etc. ECKAN is typically closed
    the same days as the Public School such as Winter
    and Spring Breaks.

Statement The Process for Resolving Community
Complaints is a problem-solving mechanism through
which Head Start families or community members
can make suggestions or raise concerns or
complaints about services. The process should be
viewed as potentially positive for all parties
and should, as far as possible, be managed to
achieve a positive outcome. Through the process
every attempt is made to resolve issues at the
lowest level of authority, keep the issue
localized, involve as few people as possible, and
minimize any disturbance to program
operations. Situations may arise that are not
covered by any existing policy and/or procedure
but seems to merit action these situations may
be addressed through the development of new
policies and procedures that will apply to
similar situations that may arise in the future.
  • General Principles
  • Parents and community members are to feel
    comfortable in expressing their concerns directly
    to the individual staff member involved.
  • All concerns should initially be dealt with at
    the level at which they occur. Any complaints or
    concerns by parents or community members should
    be documented by a staff member on a Community
    Parent Complaint Form.
  • Issues alleging criminal acts or danger to
    children are dealt with immediately by program
    officials and other appropriate authorities.
  • If the concern is not resolved at the level of
    occurrence, the appropriate chain of command for
    the respective program should be followed. The
    hierarchy of authority to resolve a parent and/or
    community complaint is as follows
  • 1. Originator and staff person
  • 2. Supervisor
  • 3. Head Start Director
  • 5. Policy Council
  • This process does not apply if there are other
    policies /or procedures in place to respond
    (e.g. Agency Personnel Policy).

  • Head Start requires that developmental screenings
    be completed for all children upon entry into the
    program. With written permission from the parent
    or guardian, checks are done for hearing, vision,
    height, weight, speech, educational, and
    social/emotional development. The results of the
    screening will be shared with you following the
    completion of all screening.

ECKAN is required to meet all of the requirements
of the Head Start Performance Standards.
Federally, we are mandated to support you in
keeping your child up-to-date on physicals,
completing laboratory work, seeing a dentist and
completing medical/ dental referrals for
treatment. We are here to help your family
locate the resources necessary to stay healthy.
Health Services
  • Complete Blood Count (CBC) Between 12-15
  • MCHAT Developmental Screening _at_ 30 months.
  • Blood Pressure Annually beginning _at_ age 3.
  • Lead Screening Verbal lead screenings begin _at_ 6
    months of age and blood lead tests are due _at_ 12
    and 24 months.
  • Vision Screening Should be done annually.
  • Hearing Screening Should be done annually.
  • Dental Screenings Should be done annually.
  • Immunizations are due at birth, 2, 4, 6, 12, 15
    months of age and before kindergarten.
  • Kan Be Healthy Screens can be done at anytime.

Head Lice
  • Head Start understands that head lice is a common
    communicable disease. Children will be checked
    for head lice and nits as needed.
  • When a child is discovered to have lice at
    school, the child may remain at school for the
    remainder of the school day. He/She must begin
    treatment before he/she may to return to school,
    as required by state regulation. The Kansas
    State regulation does not require the child to be
    nit free to return to school.
  • Shampoo is available through Head Start to help
    assist families in treating the child for head

Medication in the Head Start Classroom
  • Only medication prescribed by a doctor will be
  • Over the counter medications will not be given
    unless it is prescribed by a doctor (a doctors
    order written), such things as Benadryl, Tylenol,
    Sunscreens, etc.
  • Parent/Guardian permission will be obtained in
    writing, using the state dispensing medication
    form, before medication is given.

Social-Emotional Health Services
  • All families will receive mental health
    information through parent training, brochures,
    home visits, and referrals as needed.
  • The Ages Stages Questionnaire, Social-Emotional
    (ASQ-SE) is done by parents teachers to
    identify children who may need further evaluation
    and to help meet the individual needs of each
    child in Head Start.
  • Second Step - A Violence Prevention Curriculum is
    implemented in the Head Start classroom. It
    provides engaging lessons and activities that
    teach essential social skills, such as
    problem-solving, emotional management, impulse
    control, and empathy. The social and emotional
    learning program uses hands-on activity-based
    lessons to captivate young learners.

Child Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
  • CACFP is a Federal program that provides healthy
    meals and snacks to children receiving daycare.
  • CACFP centers follow meal requirements
    established by USDA.
  • Breakfast Milk, Fruit or Vegetable, Grains or
  • Lunch Milk, Meat or Meat Alternative, Grains or
    Bread, Two different servings of Fruits or

Notice for Meal Participation
  • In order to be a part of the CACFP program, we
    are required to have appropriate amounts of food
    available for each person eating a meal. If you
    would like to eat a meal with your child, please
    contact your center in ample time so they can
    prepare the meal to include your participation.
    Each center has different deadlines for
    notification. Thank you for helping us to make
    your participation in our program an enjoyable

Head Start Curriculum
  • Social /Emotional Development The process by
    which children learn the values and behaviors
    accepted by society. Children learn to become a
    competent and confident person while developing
    positive self-esteem. The goals include 1)
    achieving a sense of self 2) learning and taking
    responsibility for their self and others, and 3)
    behaving in a pro-social way.
  • Physical Development The process of developing
    gross motor (large muscle) and fine motor (small
    muscle) growth. The goals include 1) achieving
    gross motor and
  • 2) achieving fine motor control.

  • Cognitive Development How the mind works, how
    children think, how they see their world, and how
    they use what they learn. Goals include 1)
    Sustains attention, 2) Understands how objects
    can be used, 3) learning cause and effect, 4)
    Uses problem-solving strategies, and 5) Engages
    in pretend play.
  • Language Development The process of
    understanding and communicating through words
    spoken and written. The goals include 1)
    Listening, 2) Speaking, 3) Reading, and 4)

Creative Curriculum
  • The Creative Curriculum provides children with
    opportunities to learn practice newly acquired
    skills. It challenges children to work just
    beyond their present developmental level while
    allowing them to feel safe and valued. In each
    classroom, you will find a copy of the lesson
    plan for the week. The plan will include
    individualized activities based on the childrens
    specific needs, as well as, what is planned for
    the entire week.
  • Hand out for Developmentally Appropriate Practice

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All families should have a fire escape plan.
Please refer to the guidance in the Parent
Pedestrian Safety
  • (Center Specific Parking Instructions)
  • Staff are required to provided the training
    outlined in the Parent Handbook during

School Bus Safety (Cover the following for all
children and parents.)
  • The danger zone is a 10 foot area around the bus
    in every direction. This is the area where the
    bus driver and other vehicles cannot see your
  • Walk towards the bus in view of the bus driver.
    Cars do not always stop for School Buses.
  • Always wait until the bus has come to a complete
    stop and the bus driver has signaled that all is
  • Make sure that your child has safely gotten on or
    off the bus. Clothing and back packs have caused
    injuries to children.

Car Seat Safety
  • Kansas State Law says all children must be in a
    car seat or booster seat until the age of 8 and
    weigh 80 pounds or are 4 feet 9 inches tall.
  • Children should ride in back seat until the age
    of 13.
  • (Please refer to the Parent Handbook for
    additional guidance.)
  • If you need a car seat or booster seat please see
  • the area manager or family service worker.

Parents Rights in Head Start
  • Be welcomed and encouraged to participate in your
    childs activities at any time.
  • Be supported as the primary educator and nurturer
    of your child.
  • Ask questions and receive information on any
    aspect of the Head Start Program including daily
    operations, policy making and budgeting.
  • Express concerns about the program without
    repercussions to themselves or their child(ren).
  • Express needs and interests and expect a response
    from the program regarding those expressed needs.
  • Offer any opinion or suggestion regarding any
    part of the program and to receive feedback on
    those suggestions and ideas.
  • Be treated as an equal with the staff in
    supporting the educational goals of the children.
  • Trust that all information gathered will be
  • View your childs records with a member of ECKAN
    Head Start Staff upon written request.
  • Be listened to and treated with respect and
    dignity at all times.

Parent Expectations in Head Start
  • Have fun with your child! Get on your childs
    level and play!
  • Volunteer when and where you can. We are always
    looking for help. Check out our volunteer page
    for information and ideas.
  • Make every attempt to meet the program
  • Participate in special services, i.e. fatherhood
    events, family activities.
  • Communicate with us.
  • Share life changes, we are here to support you.
  • Share child absences or cancellations.
  • Provide a smoke-free and safe environment for
    services to be provided in.
  • Follow the complaint procedure if you are unhappy
    with services.
  • Use respectful interactions with adults and
  • Please use and model positive language and
    communication at all times.
  • (Disrespectful communication may result in a
    meeting with the Area Manager, Family Service
    Worker, and/or Head Start Director).
  • Have fun while you are in the program!

Please sign!
  • There is form in the side pocket of your folder,
    please take time right now and fill out, sign,
    and date and leave with the staff!

Thank You for attending. We are looking forward
to an exciting year with you and your children!
Please plan to volunteer often, in and out of
the Head Start Classroom! ?