Perspectives for Parents

August 27, 2020

The Council knows parents are their children’s first teachers. We’ve always encouraged our educators to share tips with parents on how to fill this key role. Now we’d like to reach out directly to moms and dads by giving them cutting-edge guidance. If you’re a parent or guardian, make sure you check out this space every month for resources, tips and best practices to bring out your child’s very best.


Back to School is Different

What comes to your mind when you hear the phrase “back to school”? For many parents and kids, it means weeks of eager preparation. Families check pencils, compasses, and child-safe scissors off school-supply lists. Kids parade through the house and show off shiny, new folders with their favorite cartoon characters on the covers. Teachers look forward to welcoming students back to classrooms, stretching bright, colored paper across walls and pinning on stenciled letters to spell: “Happy First Day of School!” You can feel the excitement that normally that fills the air. But this year, anxiety may trump anticipation, since no one’s sure what to expect. As parents and teachers face the unknown, they’re showing a mix of common sense, dry humor and hope as they offer tips and encouragement to one another.

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Questions to Ask Child Care Centers During COVID-19

Are you worried about whether it’s safe to send your young child back to preschool? The Council knows that parents and guardians face tough choices as early childhood centers reopen across the country. So, we’ve put together a set of questions you can ask center directors and teachers about policies and procedures they’re using to safeguard children’s health. Get the answers you need to ease your mind.

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