Families as Partners During Early Childhood
In all Early Childhood Education programs, we recognize parents and families as collaborative partners in identifying their child’s strengths and in supporting student learning. Families are provided support as they navigate through various school and community systems. This includes application processes, eligibility assessments, and transitions. Parents are strongly encouraged to engage at their child’s school through volunteering in the classroom, attending field trips, and other parent events.
PreK and Early Head Start
In PreK and Early Head Start programs monthly meetings are held to engage parents in relative topics of their choosing and parent breakfasts are held throughout the year. In addition, parent leaders participate at the Parent Policy Committee level, as representatives not only of their school, but as a representative of seven schools in their geographic region.
In addition, six Parent Policy Committee members are elected to represent the program at the Office for Children’s Head Start Policy Council level, which also meets monthly. These representatives serve and are responsible for reviewing and approving the Head Start grant and budget for all the Fairfax County Head Start programs (not just Fairfax County Public Schools). Policy Council parents also have the opportunity to attend national Head Start parent conferences and have impact on how teaching teams are interviewed and selected.
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Early Childhood Identification & Services
The Early Childhood Identification & Services (ECID&S) program is committed to providing family focused services. Family members are provided support as they navigate through the Child Find system identifying children with a disability and are an integral member of the educational team as special education services are planned for and provided to eligible students. ECID&S offers family workshops provided on a monthly basis to support the development of social, communication, and behavioral development of children. Registration for these workshops can made by calling 571-423-4121.
The FCPS Parent Resource Center (PRC) offers a welcoming and engaging environment for parents, educators and community members to access information and resources to support the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs and disabilities. Free workshops, confidential consultations and over 5,000 lending library materials available at the PRC help ensure that ALL students are inspired, engaged and thriving.
The Early Literacy program is a free, interactive parent and child program offered to Arabic-, Spanish-, and Korean-speaking, and African heritage families. This program is available to Fairfax County residents with children age five and under not currently enrolled in kindergarten.
Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) partners with parents to prepare their children for success in school. HIPPY is a free program for parents of preschoolers who are three or four years old and who want to instruct their children at home.