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Sep 29, 2023 4 min read

Five Reasons Why Family Connections Are Important in Child Care Centers

Laura Delgado By: Laura Delgado
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Beyond the necessity of child care, preschools and child care centers can also serve as a cornerstone for building strong family connections. Building these connections is a fundamental element that contributes to the holistic development and well-being of children and parents alike, and to the success of your child care business.  

Understanding and respecting that parents or guardians are a child’s first teacher and caregiver provides the foundation for building these strong relationships. 

Let’s take a closer look at five reasons why family connection in child cares and preschools is so crucial, and why it’s essential for both children and parents: 

1. Fostering Trust and Security 

A significant advantage of fostering family connections in your preschool program is the sense of trust and security it establishes for children. When children witness their parents or guardians positively interacting with staff and participating in activities, it underscores the idea that your center is a safe and welcoming space. 

Such trust is vital for a child’s emotional well-being, helping them feel more at ease and self-assured in their environment. 

According to the Global Family Research Project, the COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted how educators communicate with families. The group highlighted that “schools created inclusive, family-focused co-curricular events that deepened their relationships with parents.” 

2. Continuity of Care 

Family involvement in preschools ensures continuity of care. Parents and guardians can provide vital insights about their child’s routines, preferences, and needs. This open communication aids teachers and caregivers in providing personalized care and ensuring consistency between home and school.  

Consistency is particularly crucial for young children because it helps them adapt more easily to different environments. Continuity of care increases the amount of time caregivers and children spend together and therefore increases the opportunity for caregivers to develop more meaningful relationships with children over time, according to the Child Care Technical Assistance Network.  

3. Strengthening Relationships 

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Child care centers are a place where parents and children often spend short, but meaningful, quality time together during drop-off and pick-up times. These moments of connection can be invaluable in today’s busy world, allowing parents to engage with their children, ask about their day and show their love and support. 

Strong parent-child relationships are the foundation of a child’s emotional and social development, and child care centers can serve as a community hub where families come together. 

Bringing families together for events such as an open house, family fun fair or literacy night will help develop a sense of community and support for your program. These types of events will also strengthen relationships between families, teachers and center staff. 

4. Parental Peace of Mind 

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For parents, the assurance that their child is in a preschool that emphasizes open communication and family connections, offers peace of mind. Such confidence enables parents to concentrate on their daily and work tasks without concerns about their child’s well-being. 

A decrease in stress and an enhancement in overall work performance is noticeable when parents are confident of their child’s safety and that their opinions are valued, and expectations met. 

5. Educational Partnerships 

Child care centers should incorporate educational programs aimed at enhancing child development. Active parental involvement can help strengthen these programs and make your center a place of community and support for children and families. This collaboration between parents and providers ensures that children receive a well-rounded education that aligns with their individual needs and interests.  

Your center already offers a safe and nurturing environment, giving parents peace of mind. Keeping the lines of communication open and continuing to strengthen those relationships can be done seamlessly through an all-digital curriculum from infancy through pre-kindergarten.  

Procare Early Learning powered by Learning Beyond Paper offers daily and weekly activities. The curriculum program includes at-home connection newsletters to ensure parents and families stay updated about their child’s experiences at your center. It’s easy for your teachers to share these experiences with parents directly through Procare! 

And the curriculum is embedded into Procare, making it easier and less time-consuming for busy teachers and administrators to provide high-quality education. 

When strong family connections are in place, children flourish and families thrive!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Laura Delgado

Laura Delgado is the vice president of curriculum and professional development for Learning Beyond Paper, Inc. Laura has dedicated her career to curriculum development and advancing opportunities for early learning professionals through training, professional development, mentoring and coaching. As a former early learning teacher, center director, and owner, Laura intimately understands the challenges providers face every day. Laura has a bachelor's degree in sociology and a minor in ECE from the University of South Florida, a master's degree in leadership in education and over 25 years of early learning experience, including six years with Florida's Office of Early Learning. Laura spearheaded the development of Learning Beyond Paper's revolutionary 100% online 21st-century curriculum, addressing a severe gap in affordable, high-quality, equitable and environmentally friendly curricula.

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