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For Parents

Early Childhood CARES believes the best investment of time, knowledge and resources is helping parents be as knowledgeable, competent and skilled as possible in helping their child.

Why does Early Childhood CARES focus on parents?

  • Parents are a child’s first teacher and they spend more time with their child than
  • Fully 90% of brain growth happens in the first three years and it is important for children to have lots of interaction with their caregivers to help this development.
  • Research shows parent involvement is the most important factor in determining a child’s success in school.

What does Early Childhood CARES offer parents?

  • Lending library of books, DVD’s and toys.
  • Parent trainings and events on a variety of topics.
  • Funds to access training opportunities related to their child with special needs. Any family with a qualified child in Early Childhood CARES may apply for family training funds. To apply, parents ask their child’s service coordinator for a “Family Request for Training Money” form, and return the form to 299 East 18th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401.

How can parents be involved?

  • Try the ideas and suggestions recommended by your child’s teachers
  • Read to your child every day and making this a part of your bedtime routine.
  • Talk to your child often. Describe, label, comment and ask questions.
  • Play with your child each day.
  • Volunteer in your child’s classroom.
  • Offer to help with a classroom project.
  • Communicate regularly with your child’s teachers. Let them know the best way to connect: phone, text, email, notes back an forth.

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