Parent Teacher Communication Policy
The Guild of St. Agnes operates as a partner with parents in the care and nurturing of each child's uniqueness. The staff at the Guild values regular communication with parents. This communication may include both formal and informal strategies.
Before enrolling a child in the program, the parent is invited to visit the site with their children to determine if the program meets the family's needs. It is the hope of our staff that parents/guardians will remain involved in day-to-day events by spending time with their child at drop-off and pick-up times. We encourage all parents/guardians to spend time volunteering in our classrooms, whether it is to read a story, help implement an activity, share an interest, volunteer a special skill that you may have or just to spend time with your child and the staff. In addition, from time to time you will be invited as guests to special activities offered by the children. The program maintains an open door policy, so parents are encouraged to visit the program often or whenever possible.
At pick-up and drop-off times, the teaching staff greet parents and communicate information regarding the child's participation in the program. In the Infant/Toddler and Preschool program, a daily note is sent home.
Parents are encouraged to share with staff information about their children and family structure, their socioeconomic, linguistic, racial, religious and cultural backgrounds, as this information is helpful in providing the best care possible.
Parents' ideas about programming, behavior management, child-rearing practices, agency policy, etc. are solicited informally all year round. Once a year, a program evaluation is sent to the family so that parents can offer their observations of the program's strengths and weaknesses as well as their ideas for improvement. Parents are always welcome at our program. They are also encouraged to attend special events at the center. In Infant/Toddler and Preschool programs, parent conferences are offered twice a year. In all programs, conferences may also take place on an as needed basis at the request of either the parent or the teacher.