The Family-School Partnership

Family Involvement

The school has an open door policy for families who are encouraged to visit announced or unannounced for short visits or long visits whenever they can. Mystery readers, lunch dates, and playmates are always welcome. Please see you child’s teacher or the Director for details.

The school’s commitment to the Cooperative philosophy utilizes the many talents of its families to augment, maintain and improve the services it provides. Families are asked to commit three hours a year to the school as volunteers. You may serve on a committee such as fundraising or long range, come in as a special visitor to teach a favorite subject, tradition or skill or fulfill any of the various requests put out during the year.

Family Surveys

Annual family surveys are used to measure the quality of the program and guide the Board and the Director in setting goals and making improvements. Feedback is always welcome – please feel free to contact your child’s teachers, the Director or the Board of Directors at any time with suggestions and comments.

Board of Directors

A Board of Directors comprised of current and alumni parents assist the Executive Director in implementing policies and procedures that insure that the program remains true to its mission and vision.

The Board not only represents the families but each member serves in a professional capacity bringing professional expertise that covers all aspects and needs of its operations: educational, legal, governance, financial, human resource and marketing.

The Board meets monthly and has created a variety of subcommittees that are comprised of members who represent the school’s larger population: long range, finances, and building and grounds. Interested parents are encouraged to contact the Director about current opportunities.

The Educators

The educators write and present curricula that incorporate the NAEYC standards and the Massachusetts state guidelines for preschool education.  They also work as teams with families and specialists as needed and requested for children with special needs.

The educators are supported professionally through school-funded memberships in a variety of educational organizations that provide workshops, courses and publications that keep them informed and up to date on the most recent research. Educators are reviewed throughout the school year to provide mentoring and assist them in achieving professional goals.

The educators have been carefully chosen for their professionalism, talent, dedication and abilities to form connections with children and families.  Opportunities are provided starting with enrollment for families to meet and get to know and form family-school partnerships with their child’s educators.

Back to School Night

   This handbook details the policies and procedures for the school. It is the families’ responsibility to read them over carefully. When school starts, a Back to School night is held to not only to receive the handbook and to give the families the opportunity to ask questions, but also to brainstorm with the educators about activities, plans and events for the school year. All families are required to attend and also make arrangements to meet with their child’s teachers one-on-one before the start of school. These meetings will:

  • Provide the chance to meet the educators and other families,
  • Provide information and answer your questions,
  • Give you the opportunity to start your involvement in the school by volunteering for committees, and school events.
  • Review the daily routine of classes
  • Review the behavior management protocols
  • Review the toileting procedures
  • Review the emergency evacuation drill and plan
  • Review the safety and health care policies
  • Review the assessment system and its purpose

Please be prepared to ask questions regarding any issue with which you are concerned or unclear. Families are asked to sign that they attended the orientation and received a copy of the handbook.

It is the desire of the school to have parenting workshops, discussion groups, and guest speakers for the benefit of all families and the greater community. If you are interested in helping coordinate these events, please see the Director.

Family-School Communication

Educators will keep families aware of their child’s daily activities. Please remember to read and respond to comments or questions as appropriate. Educators will post regular newsletters, curricula and notices about events on their classroom blogs. Families are encouraged to subscribe to the blog so that updates are sent directly to your email. Families should feel free to check in on your child at any time by calling the school and asking to speak with an educator. To speak with both educators, please schedule a time to call so classroom coverage can be arranged.

Neither the busy drop off or pick up time nor when class is in session is the time to start conversations that either your child would overhear or might require a lengthy conversation. All educators and the Director are eager to communicate with families. Written notes or requests for family conferences either in person or by phone are the best way to address any of your questions about your child’s needs and progress.

In order to keep the lines of communication open, families are asked to send messages of any significance by email to the educators or Director. Messages on how children slept, ate, any new medication taken, exciting events at home or anything that would effect your child’s day ahead that would be of benefit for their educator to know should be communicated.

Note: Families are asked to call their children in absent as soon as they know they will be. The school will call families by 9:30am if children are absent without notification.