The Baby Haven’s Family Partnership program is a wonderful opportunity for parents and caregivers to participate in the forward progress of your child’s development and your family’s early care and education knowledge. This year Family Partnership activities have been modified to ensure safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many activities are offered by Zoom.
We believe partnering together, we can make a difference by:
- Increasing physical, emotional, social and cognitive health of the child and family
- Improving positive and healthy relationships between caregivers
- Increasing opportunities for learning
- Increasing family participation in the care and education of their child(ren)
- Providing opportunities to learn about our community
- Bridging home and school learning
- Creating a safe and inviting forum for expressing concerns and offering solutions
- Participating in recreational activities as a family
- Meet and greet other families
- Keep families updated on changes to the Center, policies, and program structure
- Families can communicate their needs and desires for their child(ren) early care and education journey
Free resources, materials and events and family engagement opportunities are provided to all families throughout the year including:
Materials and Resources
Free materials and resources are provided to families though:
- Family newsletters
- Parent board in each classroom
- Family Resource book located at the front desk where families check their child in and out each day
Topics include: information about center and events, community-based programs, free or low cost community events, behavior guidance, social/emotional development, sleep, health and dental clinics, food banks, early intervention services, language development, learning through play, mental health programs, toilet training, nutrition, fitness, Child Find and more.
Denver’s 5×5 Project
Provided 1 time per year. The Baby Haven is a proud community participant in Denver’s 5 by 5 project. Through this project each Baby Haven family receives a free Passbook giving families free admission at each of the participating cultural organizations in Denver, CO. Denver’s family-friendly cultural facilities provide the perfect setting for learning adventures. Whether discovering the wonders of the natural world, seeing the works of the masters, or making their own creations, families visiting the cultural attractions together are setting the stage for their children’s educational success.
The goal of the 5 By 5 Project is to strengthen families and support school readiness by providing children with extended learning to expand their experiences and successes in and out of the classroom.
Complimentary Events and Workshops
Events are hosted 8-10 times per year and provide opportunities for all families to come together, meet and visit with one another and learn. Examples include but are not limited to: literacy night, back to school night, coffee and conversation with Director, Parenting Q&A with our Early Childhood Consultant, learn about nutrition and cooking, yoga classes, planting a garden, fire safety and more.
Parent Teacher Conferences
Provided 3 times per year (fall, winter and spring) for each classroom and child. Each child is regularly assessed using either Teaching Strategies Gold (TSG) or Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ). Family and teacher conferences coincide with the TSG data entry cycles to ensure that assessment information is fresh and timely. Teachers meet with the parents/caregivers for each and every child and use assessment results from TSG or the ASQ and learning plans as a conversational spring board to discuss: goals parents have for their children, ask parents how they feel about their child’s care and what improvements they would like to see, the child’s progress in meeting their developmental milestones i.e. language skills, fine and gross motor, cognitive skills, social/emotional strengths and growth areas, upcoming transitions each family can look forward to and work on
Provided 1-2 times per year. Parents can support the classroom-learning environment by participating in surveys focused on curriculum, family partnership, or needed changes. Within these surveys, parents are encouraged to provide written feedback and suggestions on how to increase effectiveness in specific areas of the program.
Lasso Parent Committee
The Lasso Parent committee is a great opportunity for parents to work in partnership with the center to promote positive outcomes for all in our center. The purpose of the committee is to introduce changes in the center to families, gather feedback, help with organizing center events as well as supporting teachers and volunteers. All families have the opportunity to get to know one another and work together for the benefit of the children in the program.