Parent/guardian involvement in Center activities is not only encouraged but essential to quality care. The Center is dependent upon this energy and enthusiasm to accomplish many of its goals and objectives. Involvement benefits and enriches the experiences of the children.
Frequent and continuous interactions between the home and center are crucial if children are to have successful experiences at the Center. Adult family members and teachers share experiences about the child during transitions (arrival and departure), conferences, and through written communication. By developing and maintaining positive interactions with adult family members, teachers acquire information about the child and socialization patterns of the home, enabling them to care for the child in a consistent manner.
All parents/guardians can become active and involved in their own special ways to make a positive, significant difference in the life of the Center and ultimately the life experience of the children. For school-agers, the Center provides a bridge between the child's school experience and home. The Center welcomes its families to be at home here.
Some ways for adult family members to be actively involved are:
- Eat lunch with their child.
- Spend time in their child's group reading stories or assisting with activities.
- Volunteer to go along on walks or field trips.
- Provide materials required for a special project.
- Donate toys, books and clothing.
- Present a seminar or lead a discussion of interest for the adult family members.
In addition, parents/guardians are also needed to help the Center in the following ways:
- Attend work bees to help spruce up the Center rooms and grounds.
- Become a member of the Parent/Guardian Advisory Committee.
- Volunteer to serve on the Board of Trustees or one of the Board committees.
- Volunteer talent and expertise when a particular need arises.
- Assist the Center in fund raising endeavors.