Examples: 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 organization’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:
participation in decisions affecting their child;
daily updates and two-way communication of information regarding activities, accomplishments, or concerns;
parent-teacher conferences that are held biannually, or more often as needed, given the child’s progress;
assistance with recognizing developmental, health, or behavioural issues that may require additional services or support; and
Examples: 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.
Information is available to help parents cope with child-rearing responsibilities.
Examples: Changing needs or unique circumstances can include job loss, military deployment, the birth of a sibling, a death in the family, serious and/or chronic health conditions, family violence, or divorce.
Examples of how an organization can demonstrate flexibility and responsiveness include:
adjusting coverage schedules to accommodate changing child care needs;
providing flexible care on an hourly or daily basis;
referring families to local resources; and
incorporating activities into the daily schedule to help children cope with stressors.