Healthy Parent/Teacher Relationships Drive Early Learning Success
Prioritizing the parent/teacher relationship not only benefits the adults who are working together, but research shows that healthy family/school partnerships actually pave the way for greater success for the child long-term.
When children are young, from birth to preschool, parents can begin practicing healthy communication with teachers by providing updates on developmental milestones reached, foods the child has tried and enjoyed, and other preferences the child has, such as favorite toys, books, songs, and activities. Families can share their expertise about the child and teachers can use this information in combination with their expertise about child development and learning science to maximize success in the school setting. Seeing this parent/teacher relationship as a team effort with the common goal of nurturing the child’s health and development can help both parties understand each other on a deeper level. Children benefit so greatly when the adults in their lives listen openly to each other, acknowledge the value and expertise each person brings to the table, and work together with a collaborative spirit.
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