TEACHERS & CHILD CARE PROVIDERS:
Establishing Strong Family-School Communication
The development of positive interaction with children depends on how well we, as teachers, communicate with their families. In this unit, we're going to look at the importance of maintaining stable, quality relationships with children's families and what we can do to keep the lines of communication open between school and home.
First of all, it's important to be available to parents when they're at school. Informal chats during drop-off and pick-up times can do much to build relationships of trust. Verbal or written messages about things that have happened at school mean a lot to parents and let them know that we really care. Don't forget to keep family members updated on the good news as well as any problems you may want to discuss. Group parent meetings and social events are also very helpful in creating a climate of families and teachers working together. Regularly scheduled parent conferences are a good time to listen to what's going on at home. Click here to read full article.
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A collection of projects and activities of books for kids, and classroom activities and lesson plans for teachers about particular subjects, curriculum areas, themes and professional topics.
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HighScope Educational Research Foundation is an independent nonprofit research, development, training, and public outreach organization with headquarters in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
A to Z Teacher Stuff
A to Z Teacher Stuff is a teacher-created site designed to help teachers find online resources more quickly and easily. Find lesson plans, thematic units, teacher tips, discussion forums for teachers, downloadable teaching materials & eBooks, printable worksheets and blacklines, emergent reader books, themes, and more.
An online source of information about the brain and learning for educators, parents, students and teachers.
KidsHealths has doctor-approved, accurate, up-to-date, and jargon-free health information about children from before birth through adolescence.
ChildFun - where play and learning go hand in hand!
Everything for preschool teachers and parents. Features Songs, art/crafts, science, games, and more sorted by themes. Also includes a large selection of coloring pages and book/product reviews.
Get Ready to Read!
Get Ready to Read! (GRTR!) is a national initiative to build the early literacy skills of preschool-age children.
Michigan Association for Child Care Providers (MACCP)
Michigan Association for Child Care Providers (MACCP) is a non-profit organization that supplies child care providers with information and support and assists parents in finding child care in Michigan.
State of Michigan
State of Michigan's official website.
Even Start is a family literacy early childhood initiative funded through federal Title I funds. Eligible families must have a child aged 0-7 years and a parent/guardian who is eligible for adult basic education or is functionally illiterate.
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Hillsdale County Intermediate School District
The Hillsdale County Intermediate School District is a service agency. The programs and services offered by the ISD are a direct result of the determined needs of the community. Success is based on our ability to meet the needs of our customers having been identified as Students, Employers, Employees/Vendors, Job Seekers, and Parents and Community.
Child Care Network
Child Care Network/Washtenaw Regional 4C is dedicated to working with communities to develop quality care for children that is safe, accessible and affordable.
Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) helps people improve their lives through an educational process that applies knowledge to critical issues, needs and opportunities.
Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children
The Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children is committed to improving the education and welfare of children from birth through age eight. MiAEYC works for young children, their families and early childhood professionals. MiAEYC supports the professional development of its members through quality training, materials and services.
National Association for the Education of Young Children
NAEYC, The National Association for the Education of Young Children promotes excellence in early education.
A statewide organization of volunteers and professionals, supports substance abuse prevention and related efforts in Michigan, provides services which build the capacity of diverse grassroots groups to carry out effective local solutions, and coordinates statewide awareness and advocacy initiatives.
Early On Training & Technical Assistance
Early On Training & Technical Assistance provides the federally mandated comprehensive system of personnel development for Michigan's early intervention system.