Parent Involvement is an important aspect of the child development program. Young children thrive when their families are part of the program. It is hoped that all parents and caregivers gain a great deal from the parent/school/staff interactions and activities. A suggestion box is located in the lobby for parents to share ideas, concerns, or suggestion to improve the program. The following are ways in which you can be involved in the center’s programs. You can also download our mobile application on your phone to give suggestions that way as well. We value our parental feedback.
Notes, artwork, news letters, etc. will be left in your child’s mailbox in his/her classroom. Please check your mailbox daily. A prompt response to office communications is requested. If you do not see your child’s teacher upon arrival or departure and would like to speak to him/her, please feel free to leave a message in his/her mailbox along with home numbers and best time to contact you. Every effort will be made to respond promptly.
Parent complaints/ concerns should be brought to the attention of the child’s classroom teacher. If the parent feels that the concern has not been address then it should be brought to the attention of the assistant director, director or AITC's corporate team. You can reach the corporate team by emailing email@example.com.
Group parent workshops on topics of interest to parents and caregivers are held on a regular basis and are planned in a collaborative effort by the parents and staff. Advance notice is provided and childcare is always provided for these meetings.
Parent conferences are held at least two times per year for all children. In addition to regular conferences, parents and teachers can request a conference at any time. In these conferences the parents and teachers will review the child’s progress, future welfare, interests, learning, and any problems or difficulties the child may be experiencing both inside and outside of the classroom. During the conferences, parents and teachers will collaborate to develop an individualized approach which supports the child’s development.
Parent Policy Council and Parent Committee
All parents are invited to participate in the Parent Committee meetings, which are held monthly on the first Wednesday of each month. Two parents from each classroom may volunteer to represent their child’s classroom on the committee each school year. Subcommittees are developed from the parent committee to assist with developing program plans, evaluating programs and much more. Two parents are eligible for election or re-election to the Parent Policy Council for the Head Start Program on an annual basis. Council members will participate in monthly Policy Council meetings with the Ounce of Prevention Fund, attend local parent committee meetings each month to report on the minutes of the policy council meeting, and meet with other parents and learn about how the Head Start Program operates; this is an excellent opportunity for parents to be involved in decisions about your child’s school.
A.I.T.C. closes at 6pm. Any parent who arrives after 6pm will be charged the following late fee:
$1.00 per minute up to 7:00pm after 6pm Chicago Police Department will be notified that a child has been left at the center. Center reserves the right to take child(ren) to nearest police station if center staff unable to reach parent or designee.
*Child will be taken to nearest police station
*Outside authorities will be made aware DCFS.
Home visits are valuable in building respectful relationships with parents and in developing a broad understanding of every child in the program. Two home visits per program year are required for each enrolled child. In addition, a home visit will be conducted before the child begins school. A home visit allows the child to meet his/her new teachers in an environment which is already comfortable to him/her. While at this home visit, the teacher will talk with the parents about what they expect from school; they will also talk to the child (depending on age) about what they are looking forward to or are scared about regarding school. While on the home visit the teacher will pose for a picture with the child (this picture will be taken with a Polaroid camera) and the picture will be left with the child so he/she can become more familiar with his/her teacher. The teacher will then take a second picture of the child with his/her parent or caregiver and display this picture on the child’s cubby. The child will then have a photo, which he/she recognizes in the midst of a new environment on the first day of school. Home visits will be scheduled at times which best fit the needs of the child and the staff conducting the visit.
Our program does not permit, the use of abusive disciplinary methods, under any circumstances.
When a child is having difficulty on a regular basis with self control (more than one week duration), a meeting will be scheduled with the parents or caregivers. If the child still displays similar behavior after meetings with the parents, (no more than three), the teacher will call for an interdisciplinary team meeting. This team includes, but is not limited to, the teachers, the parents/caregivers, the director, an Assistant Director, nurse, and consultants. This team will discuss the development of the child, the identified issues, and what intervention is in the best interest of the child. The parent is always invited to partner with staff in supporting change and a deeper understanding of the child’s struggles.
Our center has an open door policy - we invite parents to come into the classroom at any time to observe their child and volunteer. We just ask that the parents do not visit during nap time, so that all children are afforded the opportunity to rest without disturbance.
Field trips are a part of our curriculum. No child will be permitted to go on a field trip without a signed and return permission slip. Parents will be notified in advance of upcoming field trips. Field trips will happen monthly and will be focused on the month’s theme. All parents and family members are encouraged to attend all field trips.
We recognize that as you participate in our program, you share very confidential and private information with us. All forms and information on you, your children), and your family are considered confidential, and can only be viewed by appropriate staff and designated external consultants and reviewers including our funders and regulatory bodies. These records are secured both in locked file cabinets and in our management information system on the computer. Persons will not be given access to the information without your written consent unless it becomes necessary in order to ensure you or your child’s safety and welfare.
The need for disciplinary action seldom occurs in an environment where reasonable limitations exist and children are focused on activities that they find challenging and enjoyable. The teachers keep the children active in exploration by offering new and exciting activities daily; however, occasional problems requiring the use of positive guidance do arise. Teachers will use guidance techniques that help children to learn to solve problems, talk about their feelings and use their developing language and negotiating skills with the teacher’s assistance.
At times it may be appropriate to ignore some behaviors or to redirect a child to a more appropriate activity. A brief period of quiet time may be used so that the child can calm down and the child and teacher can talk about what happened. This aids a child in establishing a self regulation or his/her feelings. Teachers help children to rejoin the group slowly with a calming, one-to-one or small group activity. A child’s redirection time will be based on his/her age. One minute per year of life. ( Ex: 1 year: 1 minute, 2 years: 2 minutes, etc)