Child Care-Parent Partnership Opportunities:
There are many ways you can participate in your
child's activities at the ISU Child Care Center.
Your involvement at the Center can improve your
child's education and child care experience. We
are eager to welcome your family to our program.
Throughout our "partnership" we
encourage you to confer with the Director
and Team Teachers about your child's development.
We may be able to give you tips on handling
"separation anxiety" and your child's
adjustment to the Center program. You will
be able to give us tips on the best ways to
nurture your child's overall growth and development!
So you can keep up on your child's Center
experiences we prominently display: daily
activity highlight sheets,
children's projects, and photos of children's
project work and play activities.
We have an open door policy for parents;
you're welcome anytime! Please feel free to
participate in classroom activities, whether
it be story time, meal times, outdoor play
or field trips.
If you have a cultural celebration or unique
recipe you're willing to share with the children,
please contact one of the Teachers. Children
love to learn about how other families live,
they also feel a special pride when their
parent(s) become involved in their "Center
Consider being active on our Advisory Board.
Parent representatives on the board meet once a semester and have the
opportunity to provide feedback on and guidance to child care policies and
Parent-Staff communication can take place at
arrival & departure, or through e-mail &
phone calls. Near the entrance is our parent communication
area where you'll find:
Daily attendance sheets
Weekly lunch & snack menus
Notices of upcoming events
Highlights of the children's day
Bill due dates & payment drop box
Evening & weekend child care providers
Basket for notes & forms for the director
Digital photo gallery of daily activities
Visit your child between classes and experience
the many activities they are involved in. Playing
with your child, reading them a story, or joining
them for snack/lunch can be fun and relaxing.
The Center has an observation booth and/or window
that allows you to view your child's activities
without them knowing you are present. The Director
must be notified when you are planning on taking
advantage of this unique feature.
& Field Trip Participation:
Sharing your talents with the children can be
a great way to become more involved with your
child and his/her friends. Field trip volunteers
are always welcome. If you are interested please
inform a staff member.
You can join your child in various events throughout
the year, such as family nights, children's
concerts, and other fun activities.
Program Evaluation by Parents:
Yearly, parents have the opportunity to provide
child Care staff with feedback on program features
and operations. However, parents are encouraged
to share compliments, concerns or suggestions
at any time.
Parent-teacher conferences are held once each
semester. You can sign up for a time to meet one-on-one
with a team teacher to discuss your child's progress.
Conferences can also be requested any time of
the year. To arrange a conference, please contact
a team teacher.
You will receive a newsletter to inform
you of the daily classroom activities, upcoming
events, favorite day care recipes, activities
you can do at home with your child, and informational
The center has books, articles, videos and other
materials available to parents on child growth,
development, discipline, and educational activities
to enjoy at home with your child. There are also
many children's books to help them understand
and cope with special circumstances, such as death,
divorce, or fears. You may check any of these
books out from through the director.
Child Care staff can be helpful with referrals
to various agencies based on family needs that
include, but are not limited to:
Nutrition for children
Child care subsidy
Housing & utility assistance
Assistance for children with disabilities
Family & child counseling
Health care systems
School screening centers
Speech & language screening centers