Involvement and Communication
We are privileged to play an important role in the lives of the families that enroll their children at our center. It is our goal to bring a stable influence to these families by being reliable, trustworthy and sensitive to their needs. Communication is our greatest tool and comes in many forms including, but not limited to the following:
- Telephone and/or email contact
- Day to day parent/caregiver contact
- Parent/caregiver meetings or conferences
- Information boards at the center
- Parent education
(letters, newsletters, memos, positive day notes, incident reports, reports of injury, Parent Handbook, written evaluations of children, etc.)
We feel that direct contact with parents on a daily basis is vital as it is the most successful way of sharing information about your child. We know that you love to hear about what your child accomplished during the day. If direct contact with your child’s primary teacher is not possible, he/she will leave a note or have another staff member communicate with you verbally.
If you have a concern regarding your child, please see the appropriate classroom teacher so the situation can be evaluated and any action deemed necessary can be taken.
Parent Involvement is welcome and encouraged at our center. Some ways to be active within our program are:
- Visit for play, do story time or an art activity with the class
- Volunteer time in the classroom/chaperone on field trips
- Assist by donating time and materials for projects and parties
- Talk with your child daily about what he/she did in school that day
- Read Parent Newsletters and be aware of postings throughout the school
- Participate in evening parent education sessions
- Join the Parent Support Committee (PSC).
Pointers for Parents
- Encourage your child to talk about his/her school day. Ask specifics such as “What did you make in art today?”
- Feel free to ask questions and make suggestions to the staff. You know your child best!
- Let the staff know if there are any changes in your personal life that might have an effect on your child’s behavior/mood while at school, so that we may be responsive to his/her needs.
- If necessary, modify your child’s bedtime to allow him/her to adjust to the earlier hours and to meet the demands of a higher energy level required throughout the day.
It is not always easy to do something new. Please be prepared that your child may be anxious and emotional at the beginning, try to remain calm, and don’t be upset with him/her. We will be looking for the hint when it is time for you to leave and for us to take over. Our staff members have been through many years of “first days” and are able to successfully help you and your child through yours.
Once your child is comfortable separating from you, and secure in the new environment, you will be able to visit at anytime. We ask that you be patient during the transition time, as surprise visits before he/she is secure, may result in unnecessary anxiety.