For children, pre-school marks a time in which to grow social skills and lay the foundation for some academic awareness. In children who are involved in the Head Start programs, this educational support and foundation is vital to making the transition into grade school.
In addition to academic introduction, children who are enrolled in Head Start programs are also exposed to assessment by educators in hopes of identifying early behavioral complications that may require parent education or parent intervention. When identified as a child who may need support at home, parent education services are often offered through the advice of a Head Start educator.
If your child is participating in the Head Start program, and your child’s teacher has suggested a parent intervention education class, it is important that you follow through and inquire of the program’s offerings and opportunities. In addition to obtaining information, if you plan to attend the parent intervention and education class, be certain that both of your child’s parents are present.
In many cases of Head Start parental intervention training programs, fathers of the children tend to be absent from attendance. In reviewing success of children, as they transit from Head Start to grade school, children with fathers who are present and involved in training often outperform their peers.
Father-child relationships are important to the health and academic performance of children. In addition to father-child relationships, the relationship between parents is also important. The relationship between a mother and father, especially those who are separated and divorced, is also important to the child’s success. In fact, in children who engage both parents in education and intervention, often find their relationship with the parents is not only improved but the civility among the parents also benefits.
In the Head Start classroom, teachers often report that when fathers are present and involved in training, the child will tend to exhibit fewer external behavioral complications and tend to demonstrate improved confidence and self-esteem. Even the most simple and short involvements, a father’s interest in a child’s academic and social settings is important to the child’s overall welfare.
As with any involvement in your child’s growth and development, it is important that both mother and father engage the child in activities of social and academic influence. In terms of successful Head Start programs, it is not uncommon for recommendations on parent intervention training to be suggested with strong encouragement that displaced fathers become equally involved. In complying with the recommendations of the Head Start educator, you can provide your child with the best possible opportunity for a successful transition to grade school.