Do you remember the first time you accidentally called a teacher, “mom”? We’ve all been there, and I still remember how embarrassed I was! I can laugh about it now, but a small part of my younger self still cringes at the memory. If you think about it, it really is only natural we would make this kind of innocent mistake. After all, from preschool onwards we spent a significant period of time with our teachers. In many ways, they are an extension of our parents, and they work tirelessly to ensure the children in their care grow and develop to their very fullest potential.
This connection is why the parent-teacher relationship is so crucial for a child’s growth and development. Beginning in the early childhood setting, research shows that children perform better in school when their parents are involved in their academic lives. Parent-Teacher conferences are a really effective way to facilitate the frequent and open communication that is so critical to a child’s learning. Not only does a parent-teacher conference allow for mutual respect to develop for one-another’s role in a child’s life, it’s also a great way for each party to get a sense of their child’s experience in both the home and school settings. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) offers some really great tips for parents to review prior to attending a parent-teacher conference so you can ensure you get the most out of this important time.
Family Life Child Care Centers are committed to providing open communication between parents and teachers. We host parent-teacher conferences twice a year; however, our teachers’ doors are always open, and we encourage our parents to stop by regularly to discuss their child’s progress and successes. Additionally, we operate as open centers, and parents are welcomed to drop in and see their children at any time during the day. Want to learn more about our centers? Set up a tour today!