Head Start parent volunteers play a critical role in helping their children to become school ready. Among these volunteers, is a special group of parents known as planning day volunteers. Planning day volunteers aide Head Start teacher assistants and teachers in the classroom with normal day-to-day activities.
Planning day volunteers receive specialized substitute teacher training. The training sessions offer parents an opportunity to become familiar with the classroom setting, schedule and lesson plans. Parents also review policies and procedures and child supervision practices.
While in the classroom, parents become role models and assume the same responsibilities as teachers. Parents read, sing, play and work to support children’s school readiness. Their active involvement increases children’s self-esteem, learning, attendance and happiness.
For some parents, this experience leads to a career opportunity to become educators. The experience also helps parents become stronger advocates for their children’s education. They learn the importance of parent involvement and build positive relationships with teachers and staff.