THE HOW & WHAT
Interpreting regulations & putting them into practice can be challenging. Below are strategies to ensure this component is met:
Materials shared with parents must include philosophy, program goals & objectives, program activities, eligibility criteria & priorities for enrollment, fee requirements, & due process procedures.
Orientation is a time for welcoming, sharing information & engaging parents in beginning activities while their interest is peaked. Ensure information shared is consistent amongst all families & meets the regulations.
Important Dates Calendar Handout
Center-Based Parent Handbook
Parent Orientation Presentation
Verification of Group or Online Completion
Meetings provide opportunities for parents to learn about child development, share topics identified within the survey results, parenting strategies, health topics and/or try-out classroom activities. They provide a time to network with program staff & other parents. Typically meetings are held monthly; however there is no set number required.
Desired Results Parent Survey
Parent Meeting Plan
Parent Teacher Conference
At least 2 individual parent/teacher conferences must be held per year. The Child Development Progress form is a record of the child’s strengths, areas a child is currently working on, how caregivers can help the child learn/develop while in care & how the family can help their child learn/develop at home. Maintain hard copies of the completed records.
Parent Advisory Committee
PAC advises the agency on issues related to services to families & children. PAC can be held in a formal or informal model. A program simply needs to ask parents what they want to see. Typically, PAC meetings are held quarterly; however there is no set number required. Maintain copies of PAC invitations, agendas, handouts, notes & sign-in sheets.
Some parents will want to make a commitment to volunteer regularly in the classroom, while others will only want to participate occasionally. How parents choose to be involved may vary from individual to individual. It is each agency's responsibility to develop a plan for parent education & involvement that includes all of the items we just discussed.
Parent Involvement Recruitment Flyer
Volunteer Guidelines & Application
Open Door Policy
The open door policy is a statement that includes both access and encourages participation. Title 22 licensing regulations are for access. Title 5 encourages parent participation.
Open Door Policy Statement
THE BOTTOM LINE
During a monitoring review the following will be assessed for compliance:
Completed Parent & Teacher Conferences
Open Door Policy Statement
Parent Education & Involvement Plan
Parent Orientation Materials
Education Code: 8203, 8261, 8240(c), 8245(b)(3) and (b)(9)
Title 5: 18275 and 18280