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Parents and Child Care

20 Clock Hours / 2.0 CEUs

Parents and Child Care

Parents and Child Care Course Description: 

Written for all childcare providers who interact with parents. 

Maintaining harmony with parents will benefit you, the child, and the parents. Learn ways to develop and maintain a positive, productive relationship with parents, communicate effectively, respect diversity, handle difficulties that arise, involve parents in children's learning, and conduct home visits and parent-teacher conferences. Course includes a variety of sample forms to assist you in your interactions with parents. See the course topics listed below for more information on what is covered.

Learning Outcomes: After completing Parents and Child Care you will be able to identify strategies for making parents’ first impression of your early childhood facility a good impression; describe the benefits of various types of first visit arrangements; and identify ways to effectively communicate your facility’s philosophy and policies to prospective parents. Read more.

Course Formats
Course IDCourse FormatCourse LanguageClock HoursIACET CEUsQuantityTuition 
PAC-13N9 CourseBook English202.0 $57.00
PAC-23N9 Online Course English202.0 $57.00

Please note: You need only ONE of the formats listed above. Choose either CourseBook OR Online Course format.

Core of Knowledge/Core Competency/Training Category Info Pages: AlabamaDelawareMarylandMinnesotaNew YorkOregonSouth Carolina, and Vermont.

NAC: The NECPA Commission, Inc. has approved this educational program as meeting the criteria for continuing education for the National Administrator Credential.

Topics Covered in Parents and Child Care:

  • Ways to make parents' first impression of an early childhood facility a good impression
  • How to plan an effective brochure telling about an early childhood facility
  • The values of various types of first visit arrangements
  • The childcare professional's responsibilities regarding the orientation of parents to the facility
  • Things the childcare professional needs to learn from parents about their child
  • Ways to help parents and children deal with separation anxiety
  • The importance of consistency between the child's home and school environments
  • The importance of a cordial relationship between the childcare professional and parents
  • Ways to establish and maintain harmony between teachers and parents
  • The importance of parents' involvement in their child's learning and development 
  • Ways to involve parents in learning activities with their child
  • Ways to involve parents as volunteers in the classroom
  • Ways to show respect for family differences and why this is important
  • Ways to deal with parents who are non-assertive and parents who are aggressive
  • The importance of open and honest communication between teachers and parents
  • How to prepare a written policy statement
  • The value of teacher-parent conferences, group meetings for parents, and home visits
  • How to plan and conduct teacher - parent conferences, group meetings for parents, and effective home visits
  • Forms for keeping important records and information about children   

Prerequisites: Must be able to fluently read and write English.

Instructional methodology: Read written material; view videos; listen to audio segments.

Assessment methods: Multiple choice quizzes and written assignments.

Comments on Parents and Child Care:

I found this course to be very interesting, with lots of helpful information. – Mounds View, Minnesota

I enjoyed taking the course “Parents and Child Care;” I was able to get many new ideas that I would like to try out at the center. - Crownsville, Maryland

I had a wonderful experience taking this course with you guys. I reached out to you guys via email and phone and recieved immediate assistance. I look forward to taking more courses with Care Courses! - Randallstown, Maryland

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Care Courses offers over 60 professional development courses and one non-credit training tutorial on the CDA process. All courses offer clock hours and an official mailed certificate of completion. The CDA tutorial does not offer clock hours or a certificate.

Care Courses' course tuition entitles one person to receive the clock hours granted by a course upon successful completion.  Bundle pricing covers tuition for all the courses included in a bundle.

To receive the CEUs and Clock Hours for a course, you must follow directions on written assignments and show comprehension of the course content. You must make 70% or better on all course quizzes. Less than 70% will result in trainer review and evaluation. If review indicates the need for discussion, you will be informed that you must speak with a trainer. You will be given a second chance to make 70% or better. Should you fail to do so, you will receive a letter indicating that you did not pass the course and may not retake the course for 12 months.

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