In addition to strengthening relationships with children, sharing observations with children's families strengthens the home-program connection. HSPPS 45 CFR §1302.34(b)(2)–(3) and (6) address communicating regularly with parents about their child's routines, activities, development, and progress, including through parent-teacher conferences. In home-based programs, home visitors plan home visits together with parents "using information from ongoing assessments that individualize learning experiences" (45 CFR §1302.35(b)(1)–(2)). As noted earlier, observation is a key part of ongoing child assessment.
Education staff help families feel valued and see themselves as leaders in their children's education when they:
- Regularly share their observations of children with families
- Ask families for their input and perspectives intentionally and regularly
- Share observation techniques
Supporting families to become engaged, experienced observers of their own children also deepens the family-child bond and relationship.
National Centers:Early Childhood Development, Teaching and Learning
Last Updated: December 3, 2019