Mountain View Head Start Preschool Program Honors Super Hero Dads and Male Figures

by Michele Earle
April 23, 2014 • 569 views

El Monte

View School District’s (MVSD) Head Start/State Preschool/Children’s Center hosted its 2nd annual Be a Hero Day to commemorate the male figures who participate in the education of a preschool child.  The event was part of Head Start’s Male Involvement program and was for fathers, grandfathers, uncles, cousins, friends and neighbors who play a significant role in the lives of the preschool students.
Over 150 people attended the super hero themed event which included photos, a hot dog dinner, and fun activities for the children and their hero guest.
“We are so happy you are here with your child tonight and appreciate your dedication to the Head Start program,” said Alma Gonzales, Director of Preschool Programs.  “Your involvement during your child’s preschool years is essential to their future success and we salute you for being a super hero!”
The evening included a special presentation by Jon Hernandez, a Marriage and Family Therapist from Foothill Family Services who shared strategies for being a “Super Dad.”
“Many young children think their dad is a super hero,” said Hernandez.  “A few of the qualities of a super hero include being selfless, responsible, trust worthy and having a positive attitude.  The benefit of an involved father or male figure in the life of a child is tremendous and I encourage you to take an active role in your child’s life.”
Hernandez continued to say that what the dads and males are doing now, during their child’s preschool years, will affect them for the rest of their lives.
“It’s important to remember that what you do with your child is more important than what you do for your child.  How you interact with your child is more impactful than your occupation, education level or income level. Make time to play with your child.  Playing is how young kids communicate and it provides opportunities for new experiences, accomplishments and mastery of skills,” said Hernandez. “If you’re short on time, that’s okay, it’s better to spend shorter amounts of time like 1-2 minutes, more frequently throughout the day with your child.”
Mountain View’s Head Start Agency takes pride in promoting strong male involvement in the lives of its preschool students.  Each male volunteer was encouraged to volunteer in the Head Start classrooms and participate in school readiness activities at home with their preschool child.   Quarterly male activities this year included “Take Your Child to School Day” as well as curriculum activities, with the final activity being the Be a Hero Celebration.
“It is wonderful to experience the male participation we had this year,” said Ana Estrada, Head Start Literacy Coach. “We had fathers, uncles, grandfathers, friends, and significant others, actively participating and contributing to the academic and emotional development of the students. This is a commendable accomplishment!”
At the conclusion of the event, every male in attendance received a certificate of participation, an activity to do with their child at home and a free book to read with their child.

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