Parents are a child’s first teacher. The staff of Imagine Nation, A Museum Early Learning Center believes that parents and families are the most important and influential force in a child’s life.
Because you are your child’s first teacher, we value the involvement of families in our Early Learning Center School. We work diligently to form trusting relationships with our students and their families.
We welcome parent input, ongoing communication, volunteering and visits through many different avenues, such as our “open door” policy, our Parent Advocacy Committee (PAC), free family events, field trip chaperoning, parent teacher conferences, volunteering in our classrooms or museum studios, as well as the free family museum membership provided to each enrolled family.
Our Parent Advocacy Committee (PAC) plays a critical role in our program. This group of parents meets on a monthly basis to organize fundraisers, family activities, parent education workshops, and support administration in the review of policies and procedures. They also volunteer their time to coordinate and help out at various family events and teacher appreciation. The PAC is a great way to meet and network with other families in the program and be involved in your child’s early education!
Along with involving our families in the program on many levels, we also understand the importance of supporting the many diverse needs of our families. Sensitivity to cultural diversity is evident in how we communicate with children, celebrate holidays, accommodate family requests, and make every attempt to minimize bias and support inclusion. We follow the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) Code of Ethical Conduct and adhere to the Americans with Disabilities Act – both providing a framework for thinking about diversity, inclusion, and fairness. We do not discriminate on the basis of gender, ability, ethnicity, family characteristics, culture, or beliefs.
Curriculum is accessible to all, regardless of cultural or developmental differences if reasonable accommodations can be made. We also provide translators for families whenever possible to overcome language barriers. The program provides parents with a variety of connections to community services and resources including professional, social and recreational.
Some examples of the family events our School and Parent Advocacy Committee sponsor throughout the year include: