Parents are active participants and partners and receive the support and information needed to promote healthy child development.
Parents have access to daily schedules and other classroom information.
Interpretation: The agency may use classroom bulletin boards, newsletters, a webpage, or email to provide parents with consistent access to classroom information. Information on daily routines should include the menu if meals are provided.
Parents are encouraged to be actively involved in the program.
Interpretation: Active involvement in the program can include participation in classroom activities as an aid or volunteer, parent education meetings, parent advisory boards, regular parent meetings, or sitting on the agency’s governing body. Having an open-door policy is one effective method for encouraging parents to visit the program, meet with their child’s teacher, and participate in daily activities or special events.
Parents are helped to understand and be actively involved in their child’s development and education through:
Interpretation: Teaching staff should have a system for documenting daily events, accomplishments, or concerns to share with parents.
Interpretation: Parents should be encouraged to share information on the child’s behavior and development at home to ensure assessments are comprehensive and reflective of both the home and classroom environment. See PA-ECE 7.03 and PA-ECE 7.04 for more information on involving parents in assessments.
Interpretation: Health resources can include hearing and vision screenings, resources for immunizations and well-baby check-ups, and the state and local health department.
Teaching staff discuss cultural values and beliefs with parents and:
Interpretation: Providing culturally responsive care that reflects the care provided at home can be comforting to the child. Daily routines that may be adjusted based on a family’s belief system include potty training, feeding, and napping. However, not all cultural practices should be supported in the classroom as they may cause harm to children or contradict developmentally-appropriate practice. Teaching staff should discuss with their supervisors how parental preferences can be appropriately incorporated into the child care setting.
Information is available to help parents cope with child-rearing responsibilities.
Interpretation: Information should address the needs and interests of parents and can include topics such as:
Information can be provided through:
The agency is flexible and responsive to the changing needs and unique circumstances of families served.
Interpretation: Changing needs or unique circumstances can include job loss, military deployment, the birth of a sibling, a death in the family, family violence, or divorce.
Examples of how an agency can demonstrate flexibility and responsiveness include: