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The Power of Written Communication

If you want parents to help you, you need to learn to be good at asking. There are two ways to ask parents to be involved, in person and by writing. Use both. The best ways to use written communication include calendars, posters, signs, sign-up sheets, and newsletters. Many care givers save time on these jobs by writing these things together with the children. Ask the children what they would like to do next week when you are writing your calendar. Post sign-up sheets on the door to your child care home or room.

One provider said that after one father signed up to read to the children, nearly all the fathers of the children in her child care signed up to come in. Involve the children in writing your newsletter. Interview them about what they like best about child care and ask them to write invitations to parents to participate in child care events.

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