It Takes a Village
As providers, you can help parents connect and share experiences.
- Show the “Spending Time Together” video. Acknowledge that parenting can feel lonely and overwhelming, and parents can involve kids in helping out. Lead a conversation about ways to engage the whole family in everyday activities. Ask: what are some ways you might involve children as you clean, prepare a meal, sort laundry, and run errands? Write participants’ suggestions on chart paper.
- Then break into smaller groups. Have groups share and discuss one way that they feel confident as parents and one way that they feel overwhelmed.
- Ask participants to talk in their groups about whether they have a system of support and what they can do to develop one. Have participants share ways that they get the parenting support, advice, and positive pick-me-ups that they need.
- Distribute the printable for parents to complete and take home.
- As participants leave, play the “What I Am” video.
“First/Then” Boards: Managing Daily Routines
A printable tool to help children know what to expect in their daily routines and activities.
Planning for Play in Daily Routines
A printable page to plan moments of playfulness during daily routines.
Provider-Parent Communications Log
A printable page to help parents and caregivers communicate about a child’s day.
Communicating with Parents and Caregivers Around Routines
An article offering strategies for communication with parents/caregivers.
Lesson Planning Practice
A tool to plan opportunities for learning connected to monthly and weekly themes.
Shaping an Engaging Learning Environment
Your space is full of opportunities for children to learn and grow!
Planning Our Days: Creating Schedules for Children
Planning ahead can help you be intentional about the learning of the children in your care!