Ideas for Working Parents to Help with School Involvement

Posted on: September 5th, 2018 by ctpadmin

Ideas for Working Parents to Help with School Involvement

I know that at times we all feel guilty when we leave our child at daycare.  Although I never sent my children to a center-based daycare, they were in care since they were infants.  How can working parents maintain involvement with their child’s care and education, and why is it important?

Here’s a quote that may sum this up:

“Researchers at the University of Oxford found that children whose parents participated in the Peers Early Education Partnership (a program geared towards supporting families of children ages 0-5) ‘made significantly greater progress in their learning than children whose parents did not participate.’ These strides where found in children ages 3-5, and included progress in vocabulary, language comprehension, understanding of books and print and number concepts. In addition, these children also exhibited higher self-esteem in comparison to children of non-participating parents (Evangelou & Sylva, 2003).”

One of the things I made sure to do was learn what my children did during their day. When they were very young, the conversation was often centered around their physical needs and development.  As they got older, I would exchange information with the caregiver about favorite books or activities.  If the caregiver didn’t have a certain toy that was a favorite, I might bring an extra one to leave at her house, or make sure we brought it occasionally so they would have something to share.  All this was helpful in showing an interest in the caregiver, as well as arming me with information that I could use in conversation with my children when we got home.

•Create some kind of special communication with your child’s caregivers – email or text may work well (at PSA, our staff only uses their phones in case of a serious emergency-so information is shared at the end of the day in person)

•Share books from home that are special

•Suggest a routine that works well for you that you would like continued in care

•Learn what is of interest to the caregiver

•When your child enters school, try to set up a date to introduce yourself to the teacher (my kids’ teachers often wondered about this, but when they learned that I was just trying to have a working relationship with them, we got along famously)

•Be willing to volunteer whenever you can in the classroom or for special activities

•Share a special snack (make sure it isn’t an issue with allergies)

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Get rid of the guilt of leaving your child and enjoy the time away from your child knowing he/she is cared for and loved in your absence.

Sue Leavitt