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 other adults do.
- Fully 90 percent of brain growth happens in the first three years, and it is important for children to have lots of interaction with their caregivers to foster healthy 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, DVDs 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 1500 West 12th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97402.
How can parents be involved?
- Try the ideas and suggestions recommended by your child’s teachers.
- Read to your child every day and make 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 and forth.