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According to Census Bureau statistics, around one-third of young children (6.7 million) receive care from someone who is not a family member. This includes 4.8 million youngsters who attend an organized childcare center or preschool. It can be difficult to keep these caregivers involved in a child’s private school preschool program, but there are some things you can do to make it easier. Here are five tips.

1. Send Regular Updates

Let the caregivers know what the child is learning in school, what they are working on in class, and any big milestones or accomplishments they have achieved. This will help keep them connected to the child’s education and give them a sense of pride in their achievements. In addition, be sure to send photos and videos of the child in class, on field trips, or just goofing around with friends.

2. Keep Them Involved in the Decision-Making Process

Let the caregivers know your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals and ask for their input on how best to achieve them. They may have some great ideas that you hadn’t thought of. And if there are any changes or updates to the IEP, be sure to let them know.

3. Let Them Know What to Expect at Meetings

If there are any upcoming meetings with the school, such as a meeting to discuss the child’s progress or an IEP review, be sure to let the caregivers know so they can attend. It can be helpful for them to have a sense of what will be discussed and how they can best support the child during the meeting.

4. Encourage Them to Reach Out if They Have Any Questions or Concerns

If the caregivers have any questions about the child’s education or anything happening at school, encourage them to reach out to you or the teacher. You can also provide them with Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the private school preschool program. This will help them feel more connected and comfortable with the process.

5. Send Them a Thank-You Note

A handwritten thank-you note is always a nice gesture and can go a long way in maintaining a good relationship with the caregivers. Thank them for their time and effort, and let them know how much you appreciate all they do for your child. Also, update them on any plans you have for the child, such as summer camp or a family vacation.

Keeping caregivers involved in a child’s private school preschool program can be difficult, but it’s definitely worth the effort. By sending regular updates, keeping them involved in decision-making, and letting them know what to expect at meetings, you can make sure they feel connected to the child’s education and can support them during this important time. For more information on how to best keep caregivers involved, please contact us.

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