Program Profile: Community Renewal Team’s (CRT) Locust Street Early Care and Education Program in Hartford, Connecticut
Community Renewal Team’s (CRT) Locust Street Early Care and Education Program works to meet the diverse needs of families and support the growth and development of the children enrolled in this Head Start program.
The program’s mission is to “prepare our community to meet life’s challenges.” The family service and teaching staff work closely with families to identify their needs and then assist in meeting their goals through additional CRT services such as energy and housing assistance, tax preparation, food assistance, employment services, transportation, social services, mental health services, and workshops. The program also has collaborative relationships with outside service agencies and the local public schools. These relationships further support the healthy development of the children who attend the program.
Family Engagement Program Practices
Family Participation in Decision Making
Mosquera says, “Our program is family centered and is designed to foster the parents’ role as the principal influence on the child’s development. The parent is viewed as the child’s primary educator, nurturer, and advocate.”
Family Participation in Program-Level Decision Making
Developed for NAEYC's Engaging Diverse Families Project through a generous grant from the Picower Foundation.