Parental Involvement: How to Build a Relationship with Your Child's Teacher

Making connections with teachers

Building healthy parent-teacher relationships is a mutual goal for early educators and families alike. The relationships you develop with your child’s teachers can be sources of support throughout your child’s school experiences. Yet even in the best relationships, conflict can occur. In this article, we explore how to build a relationship with your child’s teacher, communicate regularly, and navigate common parent-teacher concerns.  

How to Build Parent-Teacher Relationships

Start building relationships early by learning about the program and your child’s classroom. 

  • Attend curriculum night. 
  • Go to parent-teacher conferences. 
  • Read everything sent home, via backpack and email. 
  • Ask questions early and often. Don’t wait until a concern arises. 
  • Make sure you have accurate information. 
  • Attend casual school social activities when possible.  

Tips for Teacher Communication with Parents 

Teachers appreciate open, trusting relationships with parents. Look out for these opportunities to support your teacher in building a good partnership.  

  • Communicate early and often. Give more information than you think is needed.  
  • Pay attention to details.  
  • Understand and use the school’s communication tools such as the classroom and/or center newsletter, weekly planning forms, or daily briefs.  
  • Never let written communication replace verbal. A phone call or a casual conversation is always better than an email.  

How to Navigate Common Parent-Teacher Challenges  

Work with your child’s teacher to solve concerns:  

  • Schedule a time to meet in person or talk on the phone.  
  • Share your concern objectively and give specific examples.  
  • Ask questions and get the teacher’s perspective.  
  • Work together to find solutions.  
  • Follow up.  
Developing family partnerships between home and school takes time and effort, but these relationships have numerous benefits.  

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Making connections with teachers