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Involving parents in the early childhood education classroom

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Collaborating with Families

According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), in the position statement on developmentally appropriate practice (2009), "Practitioners work in collaborative partnerships with families, establishing and maintaining regular, frequent two-way communication with them" (p. 23). Trust between home and school is built over time, starting with the very first phone call or visit to the program. It is crucial to begin a positive relationship with your students' families in order to best support your students.

Outline a program that you can implement at your center and with your teachers to foster a strong home-school relationship throughout the school year.

Include the following:

One detailed strategy that you can implement the first week of school.
A monthly strategy/theme from September to May (10 months/10 strategies)
One benefit you expect to see from your focus

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Collaborating with Families
According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), in the position statement on developmentally appropriate practice (2009), "Practitioners work in collaborative partnerships with families, establishing and maintaining regular, frequent two-way communication with them" (p. 23). Trust between home and school is built over time, starting with the very first phone call or visit to the program. It is crucial to begin a positive relationship with your students' families in order to best support your students.

Outline a program that you can implement at your center and with your teachers to foster a strong home-school relationship throughout the school year.

Include the following:

One detailed strategy that you can implement the first week of school.

The first week of school could be the week that parents engage in tours of the classroom, parents receive their child's schedule and visit their classes. Exchanging emails and phone numbers while also conversing with the teacher is suggested during this week. First impressions are ...

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Involving parents in the early childhood education classroom

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