To consider the benefits and uses of gathering information from families as well as practicing skills for communicating with families.
1. Write a fictional letter to families in your program, inviting them to share about their children in an ongoing way with teaching staff. Although you would want to reach out to families individually and to recognize their unique contributions and needs, this letter is meant to be a general invitation that shows you welcome and value information they share. Key points to include:
Indicate that this is just one part of the partnership in supporting their children and that you will also be sharing what you observe about their children in the early learning setting.
Include examples of information that families could share, and encourage them to suggest their own ideas about they would like to share about their children.