The work isn’t over when you find good care for your child. Building a strong relationship with your provider will help your child’s learning and development. Look for ways to exchange information about your child and have conversations about caregiving and your child’s learning.
Here are some ways to be involved:
- Have meetings with your provider regularly, and ask questions.
- Share information about your child with your provider, including updates on what happens at home.
- Visit regularly, including surprise visits from time to time.
- Share suggestions and concerns with your child’s provider or the director or owner of the program.
- Volunteer when needed. This can include helping out in the program or signing up for a leadership role.
- Visit your child at child care and read a book aloud.
- Join in special events, like field trips, career day, and other holidays.
- Work together with your provider on your child’s learning plan. Look for ways to support learning at home and at child care.
- Share in the development of activities and events based on your child’s strengths, interests, and abilities.
- Work with your provider to create activities that reflect your family’s culture and traditions.
- You may not be able to get time off from work during the day, but drop-off and pick-up times are also good times to talk with your child’s provider. If your child’s provider is not available during these times, ask about other ways you can ask about how things are going and how your child is doing. For example, you can plan a scheduled time for calls or check in with notes, pictures, texts, or emails. Find a time and a way to communicate that works for both you and your child’s provider.
- Visiting and participating in events at your child’s program sends a strong message. It tells your child and your child’s caregiver that you think what your child is doing and learning is important.
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