Head Start Parent Board Resources

The Importance of In-Kind

All Head Start programs need to meet an in-kind donation goal as a part of their funding requirements. This year, UCA Head Start is required to earn $5.5 million dollars in volunteer hours and in-kind donations to continue offering free high-quality education. Parents of Head Start children are ESSENTIAL in helping us achieve this goal. Here are some easy ways you can help your classroom meet their goals:

  • Help in the classroom. Each hour you volunteer counts as $19.88 in-kind donations. If each parent spent 30 minutes a day
    (15 minutes at drop-off and 15 minutes at pick-up) helping in the classroom, we would earn $654.84 a week per classroom and
    reach our in-kind requirements! Take an active role in your child’s education by bonding with them in the classroom and help UCA Head Start to serve over 2,000 children every year.
  • Can’t help in the classroom? Once your child’s Education Readiness Goals are set, find time in your day-to-day life to help
    your child work on them. This time counts as volunteer hours and helps your child succeed. Make sure you track and turn in
    the forms to your child’s teacher.
  • Volunteer as a family. All family members over the age of 15 are welcome in the classroom. There are many other
    opportunities as well. View our volunteer page. 
  • Follow us on social media to see more opportunities!

For more information on volunteering email Korie Simpson at korie.simpson@utahca.org. 

Watch our in-kind video to learn more!

Ready Rosie

As you know, families play an essential role in the education and well-being of their children. Ready Rosie is a great way to support you in that role. You should have received an email or text from your classroom team inviting you to participate and receive emails or text messages with links to fun, short videos. Videos are available in English and Spanish and there are many videos that have subtitles in Vietnamese and Arabic. There are many topics, including counting, language and literacy, and vocabulary, that you can search through to give you ideas on how to work with your child at home.

Policy Council

Policy Council is an opportunity for parents to participate in the decision making process within Head Start. Parents will be able to increase their professional and leadership skills while supporting the Head Start Program.


Utah Community Action’s Central Kitchen prepares nutritious foods from scratch and delivers meals to children enrolled in Head Start education, both during the school year and in the summertime. These hot, healthy meals deliver at least two thirds daily nutrition and are made fresh daily.

We assist income-eligible families with services including Adult Education, Case Management & Housing, HEAT, Head Start, Nutrition and Weatherization to help them achieve self-reliance.