A Place to Grow Learning Blog

  • Staying Connected: Formal and Informal Ways Parents Can Get Involved With Their Childcare Center

    Posted by on April 22, 2015

    Quality childcare is a joint effort between parents and their childcare center. At A Place to Grow, we recognize that childcare occurs within the larger context of the family. As a result, we seek parents’ insights, feedback, and personal involvement. When your child attends A Place to Grow, we offer a variety of formal and informal ways that parents can get involved.

    Every one of our childcare centers has an open door policy. Parents are always welcome in the classroom, whether it’s dropping by for lunch, participating in an afternoon sing-along, or simply observing. In addition, the teachers and center directors strive to speak individually with families at the start and end of each day. If parents are unable to connect with staff in-person, our teachers and administrators are available by telephone throughout the day. Other informal resources for parents include the Family Bulletin Board and the Parent Resource Library. Parents are encouraged to post community events and services to the Family Bulletin Board in the entry way of our centers. In addition, our Parent Resource Library offers books on parenting, child development, and family issues.

    For parents who are interested in more formal and structured ways to become involved, A Place to Grow has four committees:

    • Welcoming Committee. Members of this group welcome new families to the center and act as parent referrals.
    • Special Events Volunteers. Parents participating in this committee help plan school and family events and set guidelines for celebrations.
    • Parent/Teacher Exchange (PTX). For each classroom, parent representatives meet with teachers and parents and then read and respond to parent evaluations.

    In addition, evening open houses are held throughout the year. These allow parents to meet one another and to ask questions about their child’s classroom. Curriculum Night is designed so parents can discuss the goals and objectives of the curriculum with teachers.

    If your child is not already a student at A Place to Grow, we look forward to meeting you and your family. Our staff hopes to have the opportunity to build a relationship with your child, as well as with you!