Five Tips for Developing Positive Relationships with Parents

Five Tips for Developing Positive Relationships with Parents

Written by Melvin Gravely

Research shows that young children are more likely to succeed academically and are less likely to engage in violent behavior in the future if their families are involved in their education. Many parents say that they feel unwelcome or uncomfortable in their children's early learning programs. The activities below will help our program by letting parents know they are welcome in school and by helping them find ways to contribute to their children's education both in and out of the Head Start Program.

1. Smile When You See Parents -Greet them. Most parents only occasionally interact with teachers so make sure that at least 90 percent of your encounters with them are positive, warm, and friendly. The impressions left from fleeting encounters in the hallway last a long time.

2. Learn Their Names. Learn how they like to be addressed by their first name and how to pronounce them correctly. Parents really respond to this consideration.

3. Declare your Intention Tell parents that you want to partner with them, that you appreciate their support, and look forward to working together. Remind them of this as often as possible.

4. Communicate often and in Various Forms. Provide information about what's going on in your class (weekly would be ideal): what children are learning, what they've accomplished, what you're excited about, what they're excited about, and the learning and growth you're seeing. Suggest things that they might ask their child about: "Ask them to tell you about what they learned last week about meal worms.

5. Make a Positive Phone Call Home. Call all homes within the first couple of weeks and then at regular intervals throughout the year. It will surprise parents at first but it becomes a welcomed conversation.


13 Important Facts All Teachers Should Consider:


13 Important Facts All Teachers Should Consider:

1. The 3 Cs: “Be CLEAR on your expectations for behavior and performance. Be CON-SISTENT—follow through so students know what to expect from you as a teacher. Be COMPASSIONATE—show your students that you really care about them and want them to succeed.”
2. Management Matters: “Strong classroom management is the key to teaching. No mat-ter how well you know the content, students can't learn in a chaotic environment.”
3. Routines Are Your Friends: “They should be the first things that you teach!”
4. Flexibility Rules: “Relax. Be in control. Be prepared to be flexible!”
5. Wear Comfy Shoes: “Number 1: It's all about relationships. If you make the students feel that you genuinely care about them, they'll do what you ask and then some.
6. What Andrea Willis Says Is True: “Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance!”
7. Never Break a Promise: “Don't promise a child something you're not 100% sure you can come through on—they need to know you are trustworthy and that you mean what you say.”
8. You’re a Student Too: “You will learn twice as much as your kids do EVERY single day until the day you retire!”
9. Leader of the Pack: “You are the lead dog and your students are your team waiting to run the big race.”
10. Help Is Always Available: “Don't be afraid to ask for it.”
11. School Is Just a Part: “You are only one part of their lives and they won't know how important a part for many, many years.”
12. Have Faith in Yourself: “You can handle this.”
13. You’re Guarding Treasure: “Remember that parents are sending their most prized possessions. They are not hiding any others at home. They are sending their best. Re-spect that.”



FY17 CSBG Plan and Budget Proposal

The Community Services Block grant Plan and Budget Proposal for the upcoming FY17 is ready for public review. Please click here to download and view it. If you have any questions, please contact Leslie Talley, Director of Community Services, at (270) 782-3162 or

3 Ways to Save Money on Your Electric Bill

by Tammy Liscomb, Weatherization Program Assistant

Each month we will be posting Weatherization Tips to help our customers keep warm, cool and healthy at home. This month, I am sharing three easy ways to save money on your electric bill. 


  1. Unplug all your appliances and turn off all appliances including computers and monitors when not using them.
  2. Remember to turn off lights when you leave a room!
  3. Install a motion sensor for your lights outside.


This is just a start on your family's journey to save money. Stay tuned each month for more Weatherization Tips from Community Action of Southern Kentucky's Weatherization Department.



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