Did you know the time you spend doing educational activities at home with your child
​helps to fund Head Start? 

Did you know the time you spend doing educational activities at home with your child
​helps to fund Head Start? Did you know the time you spend doing educational activities at home with your child
​helps to fund Head Start? 

Caring Child

Head Start receives funds from the federal government to serve children and families. A requirement of this funding is that we must “match” 20% of the funding with donations of time, supplies, or local funding. So the time you and your child spend at home on the educational activities that enhance your child’s learning, can be counted toward this required match. We call this In-Kind (meaning donated time). 

WHAT IS IN-KIND?


In-Kind is donated time, space, supplies or services provided to our program at no cost. Goods and services normally free of charge do not qualify as In-Kind.




WHY IS IN-KIND IMPORTANT?


HEAD START FUNDS come directly from the federal government. However, they do not provide all the funds needed to operate our program. They expect that 20% of our funds come from “in-kind donations” of time, space, or materials that the program would otherwise purchase.




HOW IS VOLUNTEER TIME VALUED?


VOLUNTEER TIME is “valued” at the rate the program would have to pay for the services. For example, a dollar amount for a parent helping in the classroom would be assigned at a rate equal to that of the teacher. The dollar amounts for time, space, and materials are totaled to reach our required match.





Examples of how to Volunteer

VOLUNTEER IN THE CLASSROOM


Greet children Help with arrival routines Help with meal time Help children wash their hands Read or tell stories to children Participate in Circle Time Help in all activity areas in the classroom including art, cooking experiences, building and more Getting materials ready to use for a classroom project Share family recipes, stories, or cultural traditions Share a hobby or a talent Assist children with teeth-brushing Assist children with playing a musical instrument or singing.




VOLUNTEER OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM


Wash classroom play clothes at home Assist with parent and classroom bulletin boards Gather or make materials for a class project Copy, fold, sort, hole punch, cut, or staple materials Airing up bicycle tires Fluffing playground bark Maintenance work at the site Carpentry work at the site




DONATING CENTER MATERIALS


Buying anything Head Start would normally buy (new or used) such as: Classroom materials Books Art supplies Spare clothes for classroom Diapers Toys




HOME ACTIVITIES


Home Activiy Sheets: Parent time spent at home working with their child on activities that are based on individual assessments and are part of the written curriculum




DONATING SPACE


Particating in Home Activites Participaing in Home Visits Participating in meetings, socializations (EHS) or training activities




DONATING MILEAGE


Mileage and travel time may be applied to activities that benefit the program. Examples of this would be: Driving to get classroom supplies Parent Meetings and Socializations (EHS) Policy Council and Board Meetings (if you choose not to be reimbursed) Transporting your children to HS/EHS required health screenings Center Visits




ATTENDING PROGRAM FUNCTIONS


Parent Meetings (only time spent discussing program activities is considered allowable). Socializations for Early Head Start Policy Council or Board Meetings