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Don’t Parents Care?
What Teachers Can Do To Encourage Parent Involvement
by Lara Elizabeth Marie Fox
Articles on Family & Community Partnerships brought to you by the WKU CCR&R
Are you looking for ways to involve the parents/families in your child care program? Following are a few ways that you may find helpful.
• Volunteering in the classroom and interacting with the children while they play
• Read to children • Bring in cereal boxes, etc for the dramatic play area. Children will use the alphabet and many language skills when playing with these. The boxes also make great drums!
• Playing games with children
• Assisting in designing or maintaining a parent bulletin board
• Collecting materials for projects in the program
• Does a parent have a special hobby or a special talent? Ask him/her to share with the class.
Reference: Kentucky's STARS for KIDS Now Quality Rating System Self Study, August 2002
The Neighborhood Safety Network: A Project of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission was designed to “help consumers and communities promote safety and health.” The website contains a “variety of publications, posters, checklists, and tools that can be downloaded for free” that can be shared with families. There is even information on how to design a neighborhood safety program.
Whom Should I Call? As you work with children and their families, you may encounter situations where services outside of your realm of expertise are needed, which cause you to wonder, “Who does that?” Hopefully the agency descriptions in this article will be helpful to you when those questions come to mind and will help you know who you can call.