ERIC Number: ED252293
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Making and Managing Places for Parents in Schools/Centers for Young Children: A Planning and Evaluation Guide.
Ranzoni, Patricia Smith
It is not enough to encourage parents to be involved in schools and centers for young children through the usual spoken and written ways. By providing places for parents, schools and centers can extend invitations and dramatically demonstrate their expectations. Providing a welcoming entryway that allows three-way observation among parents, children, and staff is especially important in difficult circumstances (i.e., when either parents or staff suspect maltreatment of children or when the purpose of a child's enrollment includes therapeutic goals). The entryway (or another space if the entryway is not suitable) may become a sharing space for parents if it contains a bulletin board and books and brochures at adult height. Other physical arrangements to include parents might be a chalkboard with daily announcements outside the classroom door, family photos by each child's cubby, a bench in the outside area, or tea and coffee available in the kitchen area. Parents can also be involved in the center or school through activities during regular hours or at meetings. (A final checklist summarizes main points in this discussion and can be used by staff and parents in assessing the need for and quality of parent places in schools and centers for young children). (CB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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Note: This paper was the basis for the article "Places for Parents: Providing for Mothers and Fathers in Child Care Settings," which appeared in "Beginnings: The Magazine for Teachers of Young Children," Fall 1984, pp. 6-9.