West River Head Start
Get Involved at Head Start
We encourage all Head Start parents to have an active part of West River Head Start. The classroom and offices are open to you at all times.
Your participation is needed to develop a program that is responsive to the needs of your children and your family. Also, the staff needs your help to provide the many services to you and your child. We need volunteers to assist in every part of the program.
Volunteering DIRECTLY helps our Head Start program. Head Start programs that show support from their communities continue to receive money!
Gain a better understanding of your child and how to best meet his/her needs.
Enjoy the special time spent with your child. You are really needed and very much appreciated!
Would a grandparent or other family member like to volunteer? Talk to your child's teacher to make the arrangements.
Volunteering is Simple!
Help in the classroom.
Read books to Head Start students, play games.
Help on a field trip.
Be a bus rider.
Repair broken Head Start toys.
Assist the staff in setting up, cleaning up, and helping with activities at Head Start.
Do the activities on the in-kind sheet. Complete the in-kind sheet and return it to your child's teacher.
Be active on one or all of our committees.
Community partnerships play a major role in the success of our organization. To get involved, or learn more about opportunities available, please contact us!
Our contact information:
Mandan (701) 663-9507
Carson (701) 622-3505
Hazen (701) 748-3720
New Salem (701) 843-8061
Policy Council meetings are held at the Head Start site in Mandan (1004 7th Street SW). The meeting is run much like a school board meeting with the classroom representatives at the head table and additional attendees seated at a table behind them. If you would like more information on Policy Council, please visit with your family support coach.
In order to address the national and state trend of childhood obesity, West River Head Start initiated the Nutrition Committee in the fall of 2006. This committee is led by the Health Coordinator and made up of staff, school cooks, community members and most importantly, Head Start parents.
The mission of this committee is to provide staff guidance, educate families and children, role model healthy eating, and provide interesting and balanced menus. The committee meets twice each school year in the fall and spring. All families are welcomed and encouraged to be part of this committee.
Health Services Advisory Committee
Health Services Health Services Advisory Committee is an advisory group that brings together staff, parents, and local health care providers to discuss the planning, operation, and evaluation of the health services in Head Start. The mission of this committee is to support the wellness of each Head Start child and family. All families are welcomed and encouraged to be part of this committee.
Goals of the Health Services Advisory Committee:
Access health care and medical homes
Establish and implement policy and procedure to respond to medical and health issues as well as emergencies
Develop partnerships with community organizations to make it easier for children and families to access health services
Implement services that meet the needs of the community
West River Head Start has four parent committees, one at each center. Parent committees are comprised exclusively of the parents and guardians of children who are currently enrolled at the center. Functions of the Parent Committee include:
Advise staff in developing and implementing local program policies, activities, and services;
Plan, conduct, and participate in informal as well as formal programs and activities for parents and staff; and
Within the guidelines established by the governing body, Policy Council, or Policy Committee, participate in the recruitment and screening of Early Head Start and Head Start employees.
Parent committees are the driving force in fundraising for our program!