Communication & Collaboration
Connecting with Families
Communication with families is incredibly important to us! Many of the children who come to AELC spend most of their waking hours in our care and we work hard to assure that families share with us and that we share with them. AELC depends on this back-and-forth to assure high-quality care.
Parents/Guardians often get to know the teaching staff quite well during drop-off and pick-up and frequently have conversations regarding their child(ren). Parents/Guardians are invited twice each year to participate in more formal Parent/Teacher Conversations that address development, any applicable assessments and set goals. They also can request a formal meeting with a teacher or administration at any time. Families can call anytime during the day to find out how their child is doing.
We also use a system called Tadpoles. Children are checked in and out via this system and receive a daily report via email at the end of the day. The younger the child, the more detailed the information. Families can provide information to the school via Tadpoles as well. Tadpoles allows us to email families with information on upcoming events, health and safety notices, monthly calendars, etc. While the system automatically sends email, parents can also download an app if they choose.
Concordia Conservatory of Music
Music Mondays and Private Lessons
Through the generosity of the outreach program at Concordia Conservatory of Music, most of the students at AELC have music class on Mondays. This class is led by someone trained specifically in Early Childhood Music. Additionally, the Conservatory provides individual Suzuki instrument lessons at a much-reduced cost for children 3 years and older. These children are officially enrolled at the Conservatory and arrangements are worked out with the Conservatory. The instructors come to AELC to provide these music lessons.
Sarah Lawrence College - Dance Movement Therapy
Sarah Lawrence offers a Masters Program in Dance/Movement Therapy. During the two year program, Masters students work closely with AELC students. They often begin with several months of observation as they deepen their understanding of the development of movement. For the remainder of the year, our children participate in movement groups. It is a wonderful thing to see children express themselves with their bodies. It is powerful for all of our children and especially for some of the children that are not as comfortable with expressive language. It is often these children who shine and gain confidence during these movement sessions.