At Barrow, we recognize that outstanding communication is an essential component of a high-quality school experience for families. Our philosophy teaches us that the learning journey is even more meaningful when families have the opportunity to participate and share in the children’s experiences, beginning with a home visit.
The communication pathways that we use with families are planned with a developmental framework in mind. This means that we recognize that children in different age groups need different things, and we differentiate our communication accordingly.
In toddler and twos groups, the communication that takes place surrounding the separation process is a strong focus of the work with parents at the beginning of the year. This is often done through in-person meetings, emails or phone calls.
In older groups, the children make themselves known through their play, work, and interactions with one another, their teachers, and their environment. Individual documentation pieces offer parents insights into these aspects of their child’s school experience. These are coupled with regular group updates that discuss the group curricular explorations and class-wide experiences that take greater prominence in these programs.
We pride ourselves on exceeding families’ expectations with an unparalleled level of timely and high quality information regarding children’s learning experiences and development. Numerous channels are utilized in support of this mission, including Storypark Online Portfolios, Parent Teacher Conferences, Early Learning Summaries and End of Year Reflections.
Parents have an open invitation to visit their child’s classroom. Opportunities for parent-led activities, discussions, and projects foster the home-school connection and deliver powerful moments for learning about the larger world. Successful parental visits often stem from a communication of passion in a way that respects the interests and developmental stages of individual classes.
Parents also have the opportunity to engage in a variety of workshops throughout the school year. Workshops are led by our teachers, administrators as well as trusted child development experts. Workshops are designed based on parent interest and have included the following topics and presenters:
- Teacher Series: Separation and Transition Support, Toddlers and 2s/3s Development: Q&A Session, Fostering Independence in Your 3/4/5-Year-Old, Eating and Sleeping: Changes, Challenges and Milestones, Supporting Big Body & “Risky” Play, Potty Learning, Routines, Flexibility, Boundaries, and Limits, Socialization & Sharing, Developmental Transitions
- Coffee and Conversation with our Director, Nicole Pappas Ferrin
- Supporting Your Child’s Mental Health in the Transition Back to School, Lisa Spiegel, Soho Parenting
- A Child’s Self Concept, Lisa Spiegel, Soho Parenting
- Adult Relationships: Fostering Adult Bonds to Create a Foundation for Supporting Children, Dr. Allison Locker, Little House Calls
- Talking to Children About Race, and the Role of Protest, BSNS Admin & Dr. Allison Locker, Little House Calls
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Social Justice Storytime (monthly)
- How to Talk so Kids Will Listen & Listen so Kids Will Talk, Susan Nason
- Siblings, Only Children, and the Relevance of Birth Order, Dr. Tovah Klein
- Getting Ready for Kindergarten, Ann Spagnola, Parents League
- Responding in the Moment: A Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workshop, Erica Corbin