Supporting Transitions to Employment for Parents (STEPS)
Supporting Transitions to Employment for Parents (STEPS) is a family centered coaching program that provides additional support to Head start families. STEPS helps families remove barriers in their lives that prevent them from becoming self-sufficient. By enrolling them into a training program, we help parents earn a certificate or receive a credential, which will optimally lead to long term employment or a career. STEPS is a program for Head Start families with children from 0-5 years old. It is an opportunity for parents who are unemployed or underemployed wanting to explore careers in high demand fields, and complete job training programs, and/or education opportunities that fit them.
The vision of Head Start's STEPS program is to be a catalyst for inspiring positive change and fostering hope in children, families and the community.
Head Start parents, including those with disabilities, are eligible for enrollment. Head Start accepts applications year-round, and fills vacancies from its waiting list as they occur. While children from low-income families have enrollment priority, children from higher-income families may be enrolled as well.
Career Coaching: Individualized learning experiences that foster every child’s social, emotional, intellectual and physical growth.
Job Training: Physical and dental examinations, immunizations, comprehensive health screenings, and any necessary follow-up services.
Education Opportunities: Nutritious snacks and lunches that meet USDA standards; nutrition education for children and parents.
Family Engagement: Individualized family partnerships, goal setting and personal support; recognition that parents are every child’s first and most important teachers; volunteer opportunities.
Parent Decision Making: opportunities for parents to participate in program planning and decision-making, in addition to sharing program governance with the STEP Board of Directors.
Social Services: Support and referrals that help families improve their lives.
Support for Children with Disabilities: Early identification and intervention to support children with disabilities and their inclusion in all program activities.