The Administration recommends that the Board of Education authorize The School District of Philadelphia, through the Superintendent or his designee, contingent upon receipt of FY21 state and federal Head Start grant funding, to continue a Parent Activity Fund, as follows:
To provide parents the opportunity and experience in planning, developing and implementing their own projects and to enhance family/community involvement throughout the local Head Start network at each of over 100 program locations
Start Date: 07/01/2020
End Date: 6/30/2021
Compensation not to exceed: $135,000
The federal Head Start regulations require that all grantees support the creation and activities of Parent Committees at each site, which are comprised exclusively of parents of currently enrolled children. One of the roles of the Parent Committees is to work with staff in developing and implementing local activities and strategies to engage and empower enrolled families. Parent committees are allocated a specific dollar amount from the Parent Activity Fund to develop and implement projects and activities for these purposes.
The Parent Activity Fund is money set aside from the Head Start grant budget to provide parents the opportunity and experience in planning, developing and implementing their own locally-design projects. Generally, each Parent Committee is allocated a specific amount from the Parent Activity Fund based on the number of children the Parent Committee represents. The Parent Committee decides how they want to spend the funds, and makes a request to the Head Start management team and Policy Council for approval. Specific examples of the kinds of activities supported by the Parent Activity Fund include:
- Identifying a special speaker to present at a Parent Committee meeting and paying his or her fee.
- Including parents on a field trip to the zoo and paying their entrance fee.
- Paying the registration fee and expenses for a Parent of the Year to attend a state Head Start Association conference.
- Including a family photo evening when the school photographer comes to take children's photos and using the parent activity dollars to pay some or a portion of the additional cost for the family portraits
Anchor Goal(s) Supported: Anchor Goal 2- 100% of 8-year olds will read on or above grade level.