As Early Care professionals, we know the importance of being able to effectively communicate with the families of children that we serve; we, nor they, can read one another’s minds and as with any good communication strategy we shouldn’t try. According to A Parent’s Guide to Family-Friendly Child Care Centers, Children’s Center, Boise State, 7, “Family-friendly child care is all about relationships, and relationships are all about communication. The most important goal in family-friendly centers is for staff and parents to work in partnership. Staff regularly involve parents in decisions about their child’s care and education. In addition, they keep parents informed about their child’s daily life and progress in the classroom in order to increase the parents’ understanding and appreciation for what is going on with their child. Staff keep the lines of communication open in a variety of ways.”
As we all know, children can display different parts of their personalities at home and other parts at child care and at times how children act and react can depend on a variety of factors (sleep, weather, travel, hunger, illness, etc.). This is why constant and consistent communication between families and their child care programs is essential. Children deserve to have the people caring for them – their families and child care providers – on the same page!
Researchers say 24 percent of Iowa residents live in child care deserts, places where child care is scant. That figure jumped to 37 percent in rural areas.