Because families play a critical role in preparing their children for success in school, our goal is to actively engage with parents for the benefit of the child and the family. We build strong partnerships with families from their first visit and enrollment, through their child’s early learning experiences and facilitate a smooth transition to school.
Each family receives a comprehensive orientation about our program and services from our enrollment staff and a personal introduction to the center director and classroom teacher. The center director or teacher continues the orientation process and, with the parents, set goals for each child. Two home visits and two parent/teacher conferences take place annually enabling teachers to learn more about each individual child, share information regarding the child’s progress and to set new goals with the parents for the child.
Families are always welcome in the classroom, and staff view family members as partners in the child’s experience. Family nights and classroom celebrations held regularly at all centers bring parents into the classroom, allow them to see first-hand what their child is learning, and promote interaction among families. Parents are invited to attend Parent Action Committee meetings held quarterly at each center to provide feedback and to help plan family events.
Through our Books at Home program, we give each child 10 new books throughout the year. Books at Home helps families build a home library and extends learning beyond the classroom.
Our Center Directors are available at each Center to meet with parents needing assistance. They can refer families to appropriate community agencies for help in many areas including: housing, food, transportation, employment, clothing, medical and dental care, language translation, legal services, vehicle repair and more. A resource lending library is also available for parents with materials and information on a variety of topics such as divorce, stress management, parenting and deployment.
Our Enrollment Specialists can help with Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) enrollment and redetermination.
Our Early Childhood Specialist is available to consult with parents regarding their child’s social/emotional development and behavioral health.
To support parents as their child enters school, we hold orientations for first-time kindergarten parents. This is often a challenging and confusing transition. We provide parents with information on what to expect when their child starts kindergarten, help them identify their child’s abilities and strengths, and help them develop the language and confidence to communicate with teachers and advocate effectively for their child. With the parents’ permission, we also deliver assessment data for each child to the child’s teacher. This helps the teacher to be aware of the child’s abilities and to be prepared to meet the child’s needs.
We also partner with Parenting Matters of El Paso County who works with families, schools, and the community to organize and coordinate parenting education and resources to help families raise healthy children. For more information click here.