Learning Outcomes for Parents and Child Care

Lesson 1: Parents

After completing Lesson 1, you will be able to:

  • explain the importance of parental involvement in child care and its benefits for children;
  • discuss the meaning of the teacher-parent relationship as a partnership;
  • indicate the teacher’s role in establishing a partner relationship and empowering parents;
  • identify ways to create a classroom community that includes all families’ cultural backgrounds, overcomes language barriers, and recognizes parents’ adult learning styles.

Lesson 2: In the Beginning: The Foundations

After completing Lesson 2, you will be able to:

  • list factors that contribute to parent’s favorable first impressions when they are searching for a child care program;
  • discuss the importance of the orientation process;
  • explain the significance of parent collaboration in creating policies;
  • list important items to be included in your child care program’s policy statement;
  • describe ways to build a trusting relationship with parents and children who experience separation anxiety.

Lesson 3: Building the Relationship

After completing Lesson 3, you will be able to:

  • discuss the importance of effective communication with parents;
  • list ways you can achieve two-way communication;
  • recognize approaches that maintain harmony between parents and teachers;
  • indicate strategies for effective communication with parents, including adjusting to diverse communication styles and situations.

Lesson 4: Ways to Involve Parents

After completing Lesson 4, you will be able to:

  • outline a plan for initiating parent participation in parent-child activities;
  • discuss using an interactive website to maintain contact and invite collaboration with parents;
  • describe how to conduct frequent teacher-parent conferences that encourage parents’ participation in their child’s care and education;
  • explain the value of home visits and group meetings in encouraging parent involvement.

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