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School-Home Connection

“It turns out that an important hallmark of a good school is one where parents are active and engaged, not just in bake sales and candy drives, but in substantively supporting the school and encouraging it to be its best.”

The Good School: How Smart Parents Get Their Kids the Education They Deserve by Peg Tyre

Extensive current research has shown that parent involvement is critical to children’s educational success. As the only true parent-run cooperative preschool on Capitol Hill, CHCNS believes strongly in the benefits for preschoolers of connecting school and home experiences. We are committed to bridging what happens inside the school to what happens at home.

Home Visits

As a way to help children transition from home to school for the first time or at the beginning of the year, Ms. Frances offers to visit the home, at your convenience, to meet your child, discuss routines and get to know your family. Home visits are casual short visits in the child’s safest place, their home. Building the relationship between the teacher, child and parents before school starts makes the transition into the school year more comfortable for the children.

Parent Involvement

Although nannies or other caregivers may serve on duty days, it is preferred that parents fulfill the duty day obligation. This allows the parent to participate in the child’s school life, get to know the child’s world, and give the child a sense of pride and confidence. Parents are also expected to participate in fundraising efforts and serve as chaperones on field trips.

Activities

Parents may offer ideas for activities on their duty days or share an experience of interest to their child for the teacher to incorporate. This helps to bridge home and school life and responds to the child’s interest.

Behavioral Intervention

Parents can and should communicate with Ms. Frances on behavioral struggles at home the child may be having. Ms. Frances is an ally and support person to address any emotional and/or behavioral challenges. For example, potty training is not required but will be supported and encouraged at the family’s request.