Parents and guardians should be regularly informed of how their children are progressing and provided concrete ways they can support their children in key learning areas. Early care providers and teachers have a unique opportunity to partner with families in keeping infants and toddlers on a healthy path to development, especially when a child may be experiencing developmental delays. Tools like developmental milestone checklists help track a child’s development over time from both a teacher and parent perspective. CLI has provided additional resources, such as roadmaps and a video series, designed to help providers and parents act upon developmental concerns they observe in children in their care.
In prekindergarten, a natural opportunity to have these conversations is parent-teacher conferences. CLI recommends using conferences not only as a touchpoint for discussing concerns about a particular skill, but also as an opportunity to educate families on what skills they should expect their children to exhibit and why they are important for future learning. Tools like family observation forms also hold potential for collecting valuable parent insight and perspective that can positively impact a teacher’s approach with a child. Building this partnership during parent-teacher conferences provides a foundation for follow up communications through phone or email.
Families that track their children’s development are more likely to spot delays that can be effectively addressed with early intervention. These milestones were derived from a national review of literature on developmental progressions. The checklists support children from birth through 48 months.
A one-page roadmap to support families in tracking their children’s development and taking next steps if they have concerns.
This video series is designed for parents and caregivers to understand the benefits of early screening and early childhood intervention (ECI) services. ECI services are available for children up to 3 years of age.
Families are valuable sources of information on children’s skill development. These forms align with the learning domains of the CIRCLE Progress Monitoring System and can be used in children’s portfolios and at parent-teacher conferences to provide a full picture of children’s development.
This form is designed to be used during parent-teacher conferences to help parents and teachers as partners prioritize learning areas for children’s targeted support and record an action plan for supporting the student at both home and school.
Children are rapidly developing in early childhood, especially the first three years. Early care providers and teachers have a unique opportunity to partner with families in keeping children on a healthy path to development—especially when a child may be experiencing developmental delays. This one-page roadmap supports caregivers in taking next steps when they have concerns about a child’s developmental progress.
Teachers using the CIRCLE Progress Monitoring System can share student scores with families by printing reports or by providing a personalized identification number (PIN) for families to view results online. Teachers can also send families activities that are designed to support skills of concern at home. Review this How-To Guide to learn more.
This document is a quick checklist of effective ways to present assessment data to families during parent-teacher conferences.
Talking with parents about developmental or behavioral concerns can be challenging. It is important to communicate your concerns clearly and directly, but also in a way that is respectful and kind, and keeps the focus on how teachers and parents can work together to best understand and support the child. Here are some ideas for language to use during such conversations.
Professional Learning Session: Conversations with Families about Students’ Development (coming soon)