The program establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with each child’s family to foster children’s development in all settings. These relationships are sensitive to family composition, language, and culture. To support children’s optimal learning and development, programs need to establish relationships with families based on mutual trust and respect, involve families in their children’s educational growth, and encourage families to fully participate in the program.

What to look for in a program:

  • All families are welcome and encouraged to be involved in all aspects of the program.
  • Teachers and staff talk with families about their family structure and their views on childrearing and use that information to adapt the curriculum and teaching methods to the families served.
  • The program uses a variety of strategies to communicate with families, including family conferences, new family orientations, and individual conversations.
  • Program information—including policies and operating procedures—is provided in a language that families can understand.

See Standard 8- Community Relationships