With the beginning of a new school year upon us, I thought that it would be quiet appropriate for us to talk about the importance of Parent-School Collaboration. Being a director for years, I have found that the best thing that I could ever do for my business is to encourage a healthy collaborative effort between not only staff but with families, children, and community members. I have seen what it can do by not having that relationship with your parents and staff as well as how it can benefit.
Parents want to be ensured that their children are in the hands of someone that they can trust. If we as teachers do not allow that relationship to grow with the parents, then trust will never be built. I know my self as a parent that I cringed every day that I had to leave my child at the door with a stranger that never acknowledged me or talked to me or could even look my way. Needless to say, we didn’t stay there long, but I hated it that I couldn’t even have a conversation of how my child was doing or if I had a concern I couldn’t get it taken care of because that relationship wasn’t there. Now, I’m not saying that you need to come best friends with every single parent that comes through that door, but you have to be able to communicate with your parents and acknowledge them to build a relationship with your parents so that you make your day more comfortable, the child’s day easier, and the parents.
I thought that it would be great to share some characteristics of an effective parent-school collaboration so that you can see the benefits of what this could do for you as a teacher and the center.
The following 6 characteristics are what you would see in a school or child development center that has a robust parent-school collaboration.
The characteristics of effective parent-school collaboration include:
1. Principles, teachers, child care providers, staff, and parents who believe in parent involvement.
2. Schools and child care centers that encourage parent collaboration by encouraging parents to participate at the level that best fits their interests and time.
3. An open-door policy and climate that respond to parent concerns with effective communication.
4. Pairing children new to the school or center with a classmate to help new children with routines.
5. Conferences, with child care available, held at times that make it possible and convenient for parents to attend.
6. A feeling of family, schools, center, and community joined together in a cooperative effort to support children’s health and educational growth.
Now there are many different ways to reach full potential with parents on a great collaborative effort. Stay tuned to the following weeks to see some great tips on how to obtain this great partnership with families and community members.