Family engagement and participation is essential to the success of the Orfalea Family and ASI Children’s Center.
Two hours per family, per month, is the recommended guideline. Fee-paying families will receive a dollar per day discount on their monthly bill for the oldest child if two hours of participation per family have been completed by the end of the month that service occurs. Donations are credited as service hours at an equivalence of the current hourly minimum wage ($ at minimum wage = 1 hour of service). Family participation hours can be fulfilled in a variety of ways:
- Volunteering time in the classroom by sharing special talents or interests.
- Performing upkeep on center equipment or grounds.
- Assisting with fundraisers or classroom projects.
- Participating in the Parent Advisory Council or subcommittee.
- Donating needed supplies.
Parent Group meetings are designed to be informal and will address parenting issues, concerns, and problems. Our staff will discuss parenting topics, provide information about child development, and introduce skills and techniques to help parents as they navigate the difficult task of parenting. Attendance at Parent Group counts as time for parent engagement.
Children's Center Advisory Council
The Children’s Center Advisory Council serves as an advisory body to the ASI Children’s Center director, the ASI executive director, the ASI Board of Directors, and the university president. The advisory council meets on a regular basis and provides recommendations on a number of center matters including budget administration, fundraising, long-range planning, and policy development.
Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled every six months. This is an opportunity for parents and teachers to discuss the current development of the child and developmental milestones for the upcoming six months.
Parent night is a quarterly opportunity for parents to meet together with the teachers in their child’s classroom to reflect on the activities of the past quarter, look ahead into what is anticipated for the upcoming quarter, and have discussions regarding the interests and learning that the children are currently having.