Component 6: Social Support

Head Start programs help families connect with resources and community services that can support and empower them in their roles as parents.

Guidelines for Implementation

  • Cultivate relationships with social workers, counselors, government agencies, health units, safe houses, and band-operated programs
  • Have pamphlets and bulletin boards with information on local programs and services
  • Provide referrals and community resource information to families as needed
  • Provide family needs assessments (in conjunction with other service providers)
  • Participate in case management meetings with other service providers
  • Collaborate with other agencies to initiate services for parents where a need is identified