Family

two little siblings sitting on the floor together with their parents behind themOur initial intake process involves an assessment of the parents’ and child’s needs and goals and how collaboratively Sharon Baptist Head Start and the parents can work to further meet their needs in accordance with Head Start Program Performance Standards. In this process, the agency begins establishing mutual respect and trust with the families. We take into consideration each family’s readiness and willingness to participate in the process and are sensitive to family privacy. An opening part of the intake process is the completion of a Family Needs Assessment (FNA or Family Profile). This Family Profile provides the agency and the parents opportunities to develop and implement individualized family partnerships agreements. This assessment allows Sharon Baptist Head Start to identify the family’s goals, establish timetables, strategies, and responsibilities of both parties. The Family Profile tracks any pre-existing community linkages the family has established, which enables us to directly communicate and track the parent’s/family’s progress. This, of course, is done with parental consent.

Upon enrollment, a variety of “overall support” systems are available for each child and family. Sharon Baptist Head Start, with our community partners, offers a comprehensive list of services including early childhood education, health, special services, mental health, nutrition, and family services. Sharon Baptist Head Start has established 35 community partnerships that allow us to refer parents to a wide range of services including childcare, Head Start, health and mental health providers, preventive services, legal consultation, housing, Local Education Agencies, translation services, economic development, foster care, family development services, child welfare, parental rights, child abuse and neglect, parenting skills, family enrichment, adult education, family literacy, and food pantries.

In order to accommodate families and support them effectively, all communication with parents is conducted in their preferred language, and in cases where the staff does not speak a language, we provide an interpreter or refer them to agencies that can facilitate understanding.

By dialing 718-466-1604, you will be able to speak with us directly for other questions that you might have.

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