Opportunities for Involvement
Parents are always welcome participants in the program. You are invited to visit or observe your child’s classroom at any time. You are also encouraged to participate in your child’s classroom. We love to have families share their talents. For instance, in the past, parents have worked with the children by planting the garden or by bringing in the family pet for a visit. Others have shared their interests in art or music with the children. The possibilities and opportunities are endless. We encourage you to talk with your child’s teacher or the director about ways that you might be involved.
The teachers and staff at the School partner with families to support positive development and learning. As part of this partnership, family communication is a priority. There are many ways in which we seek to communicate with families.
Teachers are available to talk to parents informally at the beginning and end of each day. Please take advantage of this time to share information, concerns or to ask questions about your child.
A School newsletter and other communication from your child’s teacher will be sent home throughout the school year. Information may also be sent by email, so be sure that your email address is current with the office.
Parent Bulletin Board
Throughout the School parents will notice parent bulletin boards. Menus, curriculum outlines and other information about your child’s classroom and the program can be found on parent bulletin boards.
Conferences between parents and teachers lead to a better understanding between school and home. Teachers schedule conferences with parents twice a year. Additional conferences may be scheduled upon request.
Teachers regularly document a child’s learning experience at the School with artwork, pictures or journaling. This information is often displayed on the walls. Parents are encouraged to stop and review these displays with their children.
The University School for Young Children has an “open door” policy for parents and other authorized visitors. Parents and guardians are always welcome to observe and participate in their child’s day at the School. Visitors conducting approved observations or participating in field experiences must sign the guest book in the office, obtain a visitor’s badge and be escorted to the classroom.
Children’s Special Needs
The University School for Young Children recognizes that all children are different and strives to meet these needs. We welcome children with special needs as part of our missions to serve the community and to educate university students to work with children in an inclusive environment. As partners with parents in supporting children’s development, teachers work closely with parents to meet all the needs of the child.
If a teacher believes that a child might need additional assistance outside of the realm of the School program, parents will be contacted and a dialogue established to discuss concerns and strategies. Parents will be referred to community resources as needed. The teachers at the School are experienced in working with special education professionals and, at the parents request, will attend and assist with Individualized Education Plan meetings. We also welcome into our classrooms other professionals who are providing services to our children who have special needs and who would like to provide services in the classroom setting.