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.
For this discussion, you will 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 June (10 months/10 strategies)
One benefit you expect to see from your focus
Guided Response: Review your peers’ strategies and choose two classmates to reply to with a further explanation. Choose four of their monthly strategies and complete the following:
Elaborate on each strategy by sharing an additional suggestion or activity to enhance communication. (List the strategy/theme that you are referring to.)
Offer an alternate suggestion for one of the chosen strategy/themes as a solution if the parent is not responsive (e.g., is not returning phone calls, is not visiting the school, or the parent avoids you at pick up times).
Explain why you think this additional suggestion will make an impact.
Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your discussion.
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