Parent and Family Engagement at SCFO
In the context of the family each child learns how to communicate, express caring, and solve problems and work together to succeed in life. Our strength based programs are focused on all the significant adults in a child’s life. We believe that parents are the first and foremost teachers of their children. SCFO also realizes that both parents and professionals have the knowledge, expertise, experience and resources that re needed d to build and maintain healthy families and prepare children for a successful future. SCFO structures our programs so that each family walks away with new connections and resources that fit their unique interests and support their child’s development and their family’s success.
SCFO believes that children begin learning prenatally and that children develop in the context of relationships with their family, culture, and community. Our programs are effective because our work is inclusive of not only children but everyone in the family system. SCFO is successful in providing comprehensive holistic services that truly make a difference in the lives of children and families.
Parents as Educators
Parents are the primary educators of their child. SCFO supports parents in taking an active role in the development of their children to ensure School Readiness and success. Our program also encourages parents to take a leadership role by engaging parents in many aspects of decision making through their child’s early learning experience. SCFO believes that when parents voice their ideas and concerns early in their child’s schooling, those leadership skills continue long after their children are in preschool.
Parents in the Classroom
SCFO has an open door policy; parents are always welcome to come and join school activities. SCFO recognized that through active partnering, parents and teachers can make the greatest gains towards School Readiness.
SCFO believes all parents have the right and the responsibility to advocate for their child. Our programs offer parents the opportunity to engage in decision making at their local site. Parents take an active role in the ideas regarding curriculum, field trips, and other local site events. Another leadership opportunity is to serve on SCFO’s Policy Council. Here parents give their input into policy and the program direction of SCFO on behalf of all enrolled children and families. Some of the areas that Policy Council makes decision on are the annual budget, program planning and policy and procedures that affect children, families, and staff.