Parent Engagement

“Behind every young child who believes in himself is a parent who believed first.”
- Mathew Jacobson

Recognizing the critical role of parents as their child’s first teacher, Centro creates a culture focused on parent engagement at all levels of the agency. All parents receive regular updates on their child’s developmental progress during regular home visits with teachers and Family Service Specialists and parent-teacher conferences.

Home Educational Activities

“The extraordinary dedication of our parents is the foundation of the success of Centro’s Head Start Programs and school readiness outcomes… Centro would not exist without the hardworking and noble population that we are honored to serve.”
- Gonzalo Palza, CEO

In 2019, families contributed a total of 122,165 hours in at-home educational activities with their children. Building upon a legacy of high engagement in at-home activities, Centro recently implemented ReadyRosie, a research-based program that provides parents in the program with two-minute videos for home teaching opportunities with each child. These videos support Centro families by modeling educational activities from other peer families. All activities are culturally, linguistically, and developmentally appropriate, engaging parents in activities that extend the lessons beyond the classroom.

In addition to at home educational activities, parents:

  • Are volunteers and observers
  • Plan their educational activities for parent nights
  • Participate in Centro’s governance and program planning
  • Participate in home visits
  • Develop family partnership goals

2018-2019 Parent Engagement Highlights


Parent volunteers


Parent classroom volunteer hours


Hours per week on education activities at home


Non-federal share


Parent Night Educational Activities

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Centro’s facilities are parent, family and community support locations regularly used for monthly parent nights and include computers, internet access, as well as natural outdoor play spaces for families. Parent committees assist in the selection and planning of parent night topics which include oral health, nutrition, domestic violence, positive discipline, and parenting classes, to name a few.