Family members are always welcome in the classroom and may also use the
observation booth. We publish a Family Handbook, weekly newsletters, and a Family Directory,
and encourage daily communication with families at arrival and
departure times. Family conferences, telephone calls, and journals
provide additional ways to keep in touch.
There are many ways that our families get involved in the Early Childhood Education Center! An informal Family Group meets
a few times throughout the year. Our annual St. Jude Children's Hospital Trike-a-Thon fund-raiser is organized by some of the families. Families are asked to provide feedback through our annual Program Evaluation Family Survey. Reading books, singing, or organizing activities with the children; bringing in pets; visiting the Center during annual family events (see Calendars); making donations; and providing healthy birthday snacks are just a few of the ways families are invited to become involved with their children's learning experiences at the Center.
In our alcove lounge, we offer a lending library to our families that contains children's books, family resources and children's videos. Family members are welcome to utilize the spacious college student TV lounge in our building.
Resource Links for Families
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
National Head Start Association
Children's Defense Fund
National Child Care Information Center
Family Involvement in Education:
Children's Literature and Software:
Children's Software Revue
Council for Exceptional Children/Division for Early Childhood
National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
Local and State links:
Tuscarora Intermediate Unit (TIU)
Penn State Cooperative Extension for Families and Children
Child Care Works Subsidized Child Care Program
Huntingdon County Pride ( Services for Disabilities)
Chamber of Commerce Community Services