Did you know the time you spend doing educational activities at home with your child
helps to fund Head Start?
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
VOLUNTEER OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM
DONATING CENTER MATERIALS
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