Philosophy Statement on Family Partnerships

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My Parent Involvement Philosophy; parent involvement is crucial force in children’s development, learning, and success at school and in life. Parent involvement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities including ensuring that parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning; parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school; and parent involvement and communication is crucial to a classroom. (Module 2: What is Parent Involvement? Project) Family involvement in an early childhood classroom means that families work together with caregivers and teachers to create an atmosphere that strengthens learning both at the program and in the home. It includes the many ways that family members can influence children's education. For example: parents can offer both help in the classroom and information about the students that may make teaching more successful. Parent involvement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities including ensuring that (a) parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning; (b) parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school; there are long-lasting effects of parent involvement on the academic achievement of their children. (Chapter 12: Families in the Classroom, Chapter 13: Parent Education, Module 6: Celebrating Families Writing Assignment) Family-teacher relationships are essential for learning about the children from an additional and valuable source, promoting children’s emotional health, and helping children deal with difficult problems that may have lifelong consequences. Family-teacher partnership will benefit the child by feeling secure in their new environment. In their early years children are dependent on the key adults in...
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