Parents are encouraged to communicate with their child’s teacher as often as needed to raise any concerns, to contribute to decisions about their child’s goals and plans as well as to share any other information that may affect the development or well-being of their child. It is expected that parents and teachers will work collaboratively and in a mutually supportive fashion to ensure that the child is able to take full advantage of the services offered.
There are several ways to get and stay involved at Morning Star:
- Join your child for lunch any time.
- Take advantage of the private area provided for parents of infants.
- Check the bulletin board in the entryway for information on special events.
- Attend the Open House held for parents and children at the beginning of the school year.
- Attend Parent/Teacher conferences held in the Fall and the Spring for Orange Stars.
- Attend Parent/Teacher conferences held in the Fall (upon request) and the Spring for the Red Stars. This is a wonderful opportunity to discuss current assessments and goals.
- Stay in touch with your child’s Lead Teacher or the Director for upcoming needs and opportunities.
- Stay tuned for parent volunteer announcements throughout the year.
- Volunteer and schedule a time with the teacher to come in and read to your child’s classroom – Grandparents and special friends are always welcome (with permission).
Preschool Advisory Group
The mission of the Parent Advisory Group is to provide opportunities for parents to become involved in the life of the preschool, to contribute to a positive preschool experience by providing events to support the developmental learning program, and to support the staff of the preschool as well as the preschool itself. The Parent Advisory Group does not have formal authority to govern the center, nor assume any operational or programmatic oversight. Rather it serves to more effectively support the direction, programs, needs, and activities of the preschool and its staff, to help with fundraising opportunities, improvement of facilities, and staff development.
Parents as Partners
It is only through a strong partnership between parents and teachers that we can maintain the quality early learning environment for your child. You are your child’s first teacher and know your child best. Parent participation is welcome in the classroom. If you are unsure about how you might contribute, talk with your child’s teacher or the Director. They will be more than happy to share ideas and ways to make your contribution. A more detailed description of our open-door and access policy is located in an earlier portion of this handbook. Occasionally, while volunteering in the classroom, you may have a concern about how something is done or about a particular child’s behavior. It is best that you not intervene yourself; rather, discuss your concern with the teacher or Director, who will find the most appropriate solution.