Parent Family Community Engagement

Grandparent Support Group

Parent and Family Events--November 2023

September's Head Start Parent Meetings







Charlie Thomas

10:00 a.m.




10:30 a.m.



New Horizon

10:00 a.m.




10:00 a.m.



New Horizon

10:00 a.m.



Freeman Matthews

10:00 a.m.




10:00 a.m.



LaBelle Aire

10:00 a.m.

November Head Start Calendar 2023

Learning Genie

Your school is now using Learning Genie to track in-kind volunteer hours and family engagement activities!

Good news! We are excited to announce that we will be using Learning Genie app to communicate and share learning resources with families to collect mandatory in-kind and volunteer service hours for at-home activities to continue enhancing your child’s early learning at home. Download the app using the QR code.

Learning Tips

Caregiver Resources

Caring for an infant or young child can sometimes feel overwhelming and parents may need extra help and support. Caregivers who are stressed or depressed, for example, have fewer resources available to help them to support and meet the needs of a growing child. The well-being of the adults who care for young children is critical: we need to attend not only to young children’s development, but also the behavioral health needs of their caregivers. 

Adults caring for young children not only nurture healthy development, they also can be the first to detect emerging social, emotional, and behavioral issues. 

About 1 in 6 children (ages 2-8 years) has a diagnosed mental, behavioral, or developmental disorder, including attachment and relationship disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Young children living in poverty, exposed to violence and other traumatic events, and living in families struggling with mental health or substance use challenges are at increased risk of developing mental health issues. This underscores how connected the wellbeing of young children is to the well-being of the adults who care for them. To nurture children’s healthy development, we also need to attend to the behavioral health needs of their caregivers.    

PRIDE Leadership Academy

The resources below provide information to help parents and caregivers during these times.

ACF Video Series on Early Childhood Social Emotional Development and Mental Health and Caregiver Well-being:  Features a series of short videos to spotlight the importance of robust social emotional development and mental health support strategies within programs serving young children and their families. 

Resources: Family Tools

This What Works Brief is part of a continuing series of short, easy-to-read, “how to” information packets on a variety of evidence-based practices, strategies, and intervention procedures. The Briefs are designed to help teachers, parents, and other caregivers support young children’s social and emotional development. They include examples and vignettes that illustrate how practical strategies might be used in a variety of early childhood settings and home environments.


Scripted Stories for Social Situations

Scripted Stories for Social Situations help children understand social interactions, situations, expectations, social cues, the script of unfamiliar activities, and/or social rules. As the title implies, they are brief descriptive stories that provide information regarding a social situation. When children are given information that helps them understand the expectations of a situation, their problem behavior within that situation is reduced or minimized.

preview pageScripted Stories for Social Situations Tip Sheet
(1 pg) HTML | PDF

preview pageI go to Preschool (on the bus)
(14 pg) HTML | PPT

preview page I go to Preschool (in the car)
(14 pg) HTML | PPT

preview pageWhat Do We Do In Circle?
(10 pg) HTML | PPT

preview pageI Can Be a Super Friend
(18 pg) HTML | PPT

preview pageI Can Stay Safe
(15 pg )HTML | PPT

preview pageI Can Use My Words
(15 pg)HTML | PPT

preview pageTucker Turtle Takes Time to Tuck and Think (16 pg) PPT
La Tortuga Tucker Toma Su Tiempo Para Pensar y Actuar (PPT)


 Tools for Working on “Building Relationships”

preview pagePositive Attention Data Sheet
(1 page) PDF
Hoja de datos sobre atención positiva (HTML)

preview pageSome Starters for Giving Positive Feedback and Encouragement (1 page) PDF
Algunas sugerencias para dar elogios e incentivos (HTML)

Book List -Using Books to Support Social Emotional Development

preview pageChildren's Book List
Relevant to Social-Emotional Skills
(6 pages) PDF

Book Nook

These easy-to-use guides were created especially for teachers/caregivers and parents to provide hands-on ways to embed social-emotional skill-building activities into everyday routines. Each book nook is comprised of ideas and activities designed around popular children’s books such as Big Al, Hands are Not for Hitting, On Monday When It Rained, and My Many Colored Days. Examples of suggested activities include using rhymes to talk about being friends, making emotion masks to help children identify and talk about different feelings, playing games around what to do with hands instead of hitting, and having fun music and movement activities to express emotions.

preview pageAbiyoyo by Pete Seeger
Macmillian, 1986 (2 pg) PDF

preview pageBaby Cakes by Karma Wilson; Illustrated by Sam Williams
Little Simon, 2006(2 pg) PDF

preview pageBig Al by Andrew Clements
Picture Book Studio, 1998 (2 pg) PDF

preview pageGlad Monster Sad Monster by Ed Emberley & Anne Miranda
Little Brown and Company, 1997 (2 pg) PDF

preview pageGuess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney & Illustrated by Anita Jeram
Candelwick Press, 1994 (2 pg) PDF

preview pageHands Are Not for Hitting by Martine Agassi
Free Spirit Publishing, Inc. 2000
(5 pages) PDF

preview pageI Can Share by Karen Katz
(10 pages) PDF

preview page"I Have A Problem," Said The Bear by Heinz Janischney
North-South Books (2 pg) PDF

preview pageLlama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney
Viking (2 pg) PDF

preview pageMy Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss
Illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher (16 pg) PDF

preview pageMouse was Mad by Linda Urban
Harcourt Children's Books (2 pg) PDF

preview pageNo Biting by Karen Katz
Illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher (13 pg) PDF

preview pageNo Matter What by Debi Gliori
Harcourt, Inc. (2 pg) PDF

preview pageOn Monday When It Rained by Cherryl Kachenmeister
Houghton Mifflin Company, 1989 (5 pg) PDF

preview pagePat Them Gently by Melanie O'Brien
Baby Piggy Toes Press (2 pg) PDF

preview pageQuiet LOUD by Leslie Patricelli
Chadwick Press (2 pg) PDF

preview pageRainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
North South Books, 1992 (2 pg) PDF

preview pageSometimes I'm Bombaloo by Rachel Vail
(2 pages) PDF

preview pageTaking a Bath with the Dog and Other Things That Make Me Happy by Scott Menchin
Candlewick Press (2 pg) PDF

preview pageThe Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
(8 pages) PDF

preview pageToo Loud Lilly by Sophia Laguna
Scholastic Press, 2002 (2 pg) PDF

preview pageWhen I am by Gladys Rosa-Mendoz
(13 pages) PDF

Teaching Social Emotional Skills


“You Got It!”
 Teaching Social and Emotional Skills
Lise Fox and Rochelle Harper Lentini

preview pageSuper Friend Award
(1 page) PDF | PPT
en español: Galardón de Súper Amigo (HTML)

preview pageEmotion Faces
(12 pages) PDF
en español: Caras de sentimientos (HTML)

preview pageFeeling Chart: English
(4 pages) PDF
en español: Feeling Chart: English-Spanish (PDF)

preview pageFeeling Chart: Flowers
(1 page) PDF
en español: Paquete de soluciones (PDF)

preview pageFeelings Sign-in Chart: English
(1 page) PPT

preview pageFeelings Faces Cube: English
(3 pages) PPT

preview pageThe Turtle Technique
(1 page) PDF
en español: La técnica de la tortuga (HTML)

preview pageTurtle Pattern
(1 page) PDF

preview pageProblem-Solving Steps
Poster: PPT | PDF
Pre-K: PPT | Toddler: PPT
en español: Pasos para resolver problemas PPT

preview pageSolution Kit
(9 pages) PDF

preview pageSolution Kit
(1 page) PDF

preview pageSolution Kit Cue Cards
(940 KB) PPT
en español: PPT

Tools for Developing Behavior Support Plans
The following are from the Module Archive. These are Modules from 2003. The Archive has Spanish and HTML versions available. For the most current modules, see: Training Modules.

Observation Cards
Home Observation Card PDF
Functional Assessment Interview Form —Young Child PDF

New Horizon Head Start Center & EBRPSS Literacy Parent Feedback

Children’s Special Health Services Regional Resource Guide: Region 2