What does parent participation look like?
“The child’s brain has the innate wisdom to tell the child what they need to do.” – Jane M Healy
As each class begins, the children proceed to wherever and whatever their brain is directing them. The preschool, inside and outside, is filled with opportunities and materials for the children to engage with. The responsibility of the Staff and Parents is to create a rich environment for the children, to arrive on time, ready and prepared to supervise their play as the children immediately fill every part of the preschool – inside the preschool and in the play yard.
We believe that having parents share in the experience of RCP is the best way to support the whole child. We ask parents to work 1 day a week in the classroom. Parents are scheduled in an area of the school each week during the same school hours as their child.
The staff supports and prepares the parents through our parent/family education nights: a mandatory Orientation, monthly Parent Meetings, and one-on-one conversations throughout the year. We are committed to the parent participation model as we find it the most valuable way to connect with families while honoring the developmental needs of young children. We believe participation builds community. It models to the children the importance of working together and it instills in them the sense of “Belonging.”
A Community exists when there is:
- A shared sense of purpose
- Agreement on Core Values
- Shared Responsibility
As a parent participation preschool, our families also serve in other capacities to help our school community function successfully. These requirements are outlined in the enrollment process as well as in the Parent Handbook.