VOLUNTEERING IN THE CLASSROOM
Our program has an open door policy that encourages parents to participate in their child’s daily school activities whenever possible. By volunteering in the classroom, you demonstrate to your child the importance of school and will make a life-long impression on your child. If you cannot stay for the entire day, please come for a few hours on several days.
Your volunteer time is valuable- not only to your child, but to the program. Our program receives credit of $21.50 per hour for each volunteer hour given to the Head Start Program.
***In all State Preschool classes, (all full-day at all sites, and the half-day classes at Foster Road and Nuffer), we ask that each child’s parent or other family member volunteer in their child’s classroom at least once a month from 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. This ensures that we have the correct amount of adults to children in the afternoon portion of the program. State Preschool requirements mandate an adult to child ratio of 1:8. Parents may let their child’s teacher know which day each month they will be able to fulfill this obligation.
In addition, activities you do with your child at home can count for volunteer time. When teachers begin a new unit of study (Examples: Trees, Music, Buildings, Roads) you will receive a parent packet that explains the study and what activities you can do at home related to the study. At home activities count toward your volunteer time. It is important that you report your volunteer hours when you fill out your volunteer card.
We ask each family contribute at least six hours monthly. All volunteers with 60 hours as of May 1st of each year are recognized at our “Transition to K” luncheon annually.
Please see the following requirements.
A TB skin test or TB screening within the past three years that is valid through June 2021 and a statement of good health is required from all volunteers prior to beginning to volunteer in the classroom. Please bring proof of TB when you attend the volunteer training.
The Preschool Program strongly encourages parent participation when volunteering in the classroom. Please remember that...