Ways to Volunteer!

We Need Volunteers

How Do  Get Started?

Foster Grandparents

There are many ways you can volunteer with our Head Start program:


  • Volunteer in a classroom helping the teacher/teaching assistant (this can be your child's classroom or any other classroom)
  • Come in and read with a classroom
  • Volunteer during free-choice time in the classroom
  • Volunteer during outdoor time
  • Volunteer with our food services department and help with meal preparation and delivery to classrooms
  • Ask your child's teacher if you can take home materials that need to be cut out, colored, or prepared in some way, and returned to the classroom
  • Join a committee or ask how you can become a Policy Council member


We invite you to explore volunteer opportunities with our Head Start program.  Volunteers are essential to a healthy Head Start program.  We hope to see parent volunteers& family member volunteers in every classroom on a daily basis, and invite community volunteers to visit us frequently.


The time you spend volunteering with our program helps us to meet a requirement of our federal grant, which specifies that we must match our federal dollars with a certain amount of parent and community volunteer time and donations. For every $1.00 that we receive in federal funding, we must match it with .25 cents of "in-kind", or volunteering and/or donations.  Without the investment of our parents and community, our Head Start would not meet our grant requirements and could lose all or some of our funding.

If you would like to be a Parent Volunteer, Family Member Volunteer, or Community Member Volunteer, it is easy to get started!


Simply call our Head Start office at 233-6606 and ask our program secretary about filling out the required forms for volunteering in our classrooms.


Once you have completed the required forms, you will be ready to begin your volunteer adventure with Head Start!



If you are 55 years young or better, come spend 15 hours each week with our Head Start children / classrooms.  Your job?  To love the kids!


Most Foster Grandparents qualify to earn a tax-free stipend for time spent in our classrooms.


By becoming a Foster Grandparent at our Head Start you will find hidden talents & meet new friends.


To receive an application, call the Foster Grandparent Program of Southeast Idaho at (208)785-8454

Health Advisory Committee

Parent Committee

ERSEA Committee

Policy Council

Health Advisory Committee


Twice each year, parents, community members and staff come together to review and discuss health-related needs, concerns, and suggestions.  This is the Health Advisory Committee.


Policies related to health and nutrition are formed using the input from this committee.  All parents are encouraged to participate, and these meetings also count toward our In-Kind grant match.

Parent Committee


Every parent is a member of the Head Start Parent Committee!  Every month, YOU are encouraged to attend the Parent Committee Meeting and share your ideas and opinions, as well as to join in the fun of planning program activities and workshops.  You will learn about any challenges our program may be tackling, and can be an important part of making a difference.  Meetings are scheduled monthly and last about an hour.  Limited childcare is offered for those who need it.

ERSEA Committee


Also known as the Family Services Advisory Committee, this group is made up of parents and community members who are interested in giving input regarding the needs and challenges our community is currently facing.  This information is used to develop Selection Criteria that helps to determine the children who are most in need of our Head Start services.


This committee meets together in February.  This also counts toward our In-Kind grant match.

Policy Council


The Policy Council is a formal committee of shared governance between parent representatives & community representatives.  Decisions about the nature and operation of our program take place, including approval of policies, taking part in employee hiring & approval, budget & grant development & approval, the annual program self-assessment & community assessment.  This committee is required by Federal Performance Standards.


Policy Council Representatives are elected by classroom parents.  Every classroom elects 2 parents who will attend monthly meetings. These Parent Representatives will receive orientation in order to be able to carry out their responsibilities, as well as wonderful training opportunities at each monthly meeting.


Parents who have served on the Policy Council have found it is a great addition to their resume; employers love to see that you are invested in your child's education and in your community.  Meetings are normally held on the 2nd Thursday of each month.  A meal and on-site childcare are provided at meetings, in addition to the offer of transportation reimbursement within policy guidelines.

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