Many children from infant to school-age spend a significant amount of time in child care and it is beneficial to have family involvement. Often this involvement is considered for school-age children in elementary school, but not for child care programs.
School-age children who have family members that are involved in their academic programs and daily classroom events often show higher academic achievement, positive behavior habits and more. When families are involved in the child's early childhood program or daily child care these benefits begin early and carry through the school-age years.
The benefits of family involvement:
Children gain a stronger sense of self and self-confidence. When parents or guardians work as a team with teachers and caregivers it creates a sense of security that supports a child’s developing sense of self as well as their budding self-confidence.
When families are involved with childcare programs, it can help children transition to child care by easing their fears and calming their nerves.
Family involvement creates a sense of unity and collaboration that helps to bridge the gap or separation between caregivers and families.
Involving families in various ways helps caregivers provide appropriate programs tailored for each child’s differences.