It’s the beginning of a new school year which means new elementary school and 4k teachers, openings at child care facilities to replace those who have entered public schools, and new relationships between parents and educators. Multiple research studies have found that communication and cooperation between families and early childhood professionals is one of the most important aspects of high-quality care. Strengthening relationships between parents and educators will benefit young children (and everyone else involved) immensely.
Are you ready to TRY IT? There are lots of ways to improve relationships between parents and educators. Educators: invite parents to an open house, start a classroom/program newsletter to let parents know what you are up to, or arrange a daily/weekly phone call with each new parent. Parents: volunteer in the classroom, ask questions, come to open houses/conferences, and thank an early educator for the important work that they do in partnership with you.
If you have a story about efforts to build relationships with parents or educators, we would love to hear about it! Leave a comment below and share your strategies.