Parent Community at IDEA ELC
At IDEA Early Learning Center we value the contributions that positive parent partnerships can provide. We often invite our parents into the center to share their child’s learning and progress and we have an open door to daily communication.
What do parents say?
‘I couldn’t be happier with my child’s teacher. My child makes me so proud with how far she has come.’
‘We are super happy with IDEA and plan to return next year!’
‘Perfect for my child, I will sure recommend IDEA to others.’
‘I like the fact that IDEA is play based. We are really happy.’
‘My child settled so quickly.’
‘I appreciate your ongoing attempts to improve yourself, even though you are great already!’
How do you involve parents?
· Our Founding Director, Ashleigh, writes an action plan specifically for reaching out to the community and giving as many opportunities for parent engagement as possible
· Staff welcome informal dialogue with parents to ensure communication is strong
· We have a communication app and daily diary for ongoing communication
· Parents are invited to ‘Read to Me’ once every week
· We hold regular concerts and celebrations
· Parents are invited to share their own cultures and backgrounds by reading stories or sharing things from their home countries
· IDEA ELC have a Parent Teacher Friend Association which helps to raise funds for the center
· Our PTFA hold ‘Mums and Babies’ groups which are open to the community
· There are regular holiday, weekend and evening events to ensure all families have the opportunity to participate in IDEA community life.
Why do you involve parents?
When early year professionals actively involve parents and engage community resources, they are able to respond more effectively to the ever changing dynamics of a center. Family and community involvements develop healthy behaviors and promote healthy families.
Researchers have been studying the effects parent attitudes and actions have on their children’s academic success for more than 30 years. The results have been consistent. Anne Henderson and Nancy Berla summed it up in their book A New Generation of Evidence: The Family Is Critical to Student Achievement, which reviewed the existing research: “When parents are involved in their children’s education at home, they do better in school. And when parents are involved in school, children go farther in school and the schools they go to are better.”
How can I find out more?
If you’re interested to hear parents speaking for themselves, please watch https://www.facebook.com/IDEAearlylearningcenter/videos/1466868329992686/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.