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40 Ideas That Can Get Parents Involved

Most childcare centers find it a challenge to get parents involved, even though their involvement can mean a world of difference in their child’s success. Here are some ideas that can help you to get some parental involvement going. Some of these ideas are perfect for school classrooms as well.

  1. Make refrigerator notes for parents.
  2. Hold your first parent meeting at a fast-food restaurant.
  3. Provide “Fact Cards” for parents with school name, address, phone number, name of principal, school secretary, school nurse. This could even be a refrigerator magnet!
  4. Send home recorded messages in parents’ own language.
  5. Celebrate the birthday of an author at your center/classroom and ask parents to come and read the author’s books to the class.
  6. Establish “Take Home Tuesday” as a day to send school papers home.
  7. Hold a dessert night for parents and have children share stories they have written.
  8. Hold a reading night with parents bringing books to read with their child.
  9. Ask parents to volunteer a skill they can share at your center/classroom and teach the students.
  10. Remember the 3 “F”s for success – Food, Families, Fun.
  11. Use videos to show busy parents their children in action.
  12. Hold a holiday meal as a dinner theater and have the students be the waiters. Students can also make table decorations during art time. Provide theater tickets to parents to attend.
  13. Host a game night at your center/classroom and provide game centers for parents and children to rotate through during the night. Provide popcorn and a drink.
  14. Put up parent-friendly signs at school – directing them to the office.
  15. Greet visiting parents as quickly as possible – perhaps use volunteers.
  16. Have children’s work on display all over the center/school – every child’s work, not just the work of your “future artists.”
  17. Make “Sunshine Calls”