Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services


Head Start programs in the United States began in 1965 and are an important part of preparing low income children through education, health, social and other services. The Monterey County Office of Head Start and Early Start serves more than 1,245 families each year. The majority of the families served have Spanish as a primary language. Using a questionnaire, this study examined parental involvement by identifying the skills parents found most important and the amount of time parents spent developing those skills. Twenty-one parents completed the survey. The study found 93% of parents spend time talking to their children about a new activity they learned in school.