Parent Engagement Activities
UMOS utilizes the Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework (PFCEF) to support children’s school readiness and family well-being. Every family receives a copy of the agency’s parent handbook and community resources directory and is given an opportunity to engage in a Family Parent Agreement. The agreement allows the process to collaboratively work in partnership to identify families’ strengths and goals. In 2016, 286 families participated in the Family Parent Agreement Plan.
To further facilitate parental participation, each Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Center offered transportation to and from parent meetings and provided not only childcare, but a meal as well. Parent meetings are bilingual.
UMOS continues to see an increase in male involvement at all centers. Parents are provided the opportunity to volunteer at many levels. Parents are also involved in the governance of the program as leaders though participation at the Policy Groups level and Governing Board.
Total number of children and families served, average monthly enrollment (as a percentage of funded enrollment), and percentage of eligible children served
UMOS recruitment plans are revised on an annual basis. New strategies are developed and implemented by staff and parents from Wisconsin, Florida, Missouri, and Texas. Strategies are developed to recruit and serve 10% of children with disabilities. This is the second year in a row that we met our goals.