Assignment 4: Engaging Families and the Community in Early Childhood Learning


This assignment contains 2 parts.  Both parts must be completed as a requirement of this assignment.

Create a 2 page newsletter for parents/guardians of your preschool classroom. In the first part, you will welcome them to your class and invite  them to become part of the learning experience.   You may create special events or simply identify opportunities during the school day where they may participate.  The second part of your newsletter will contain information on local resources and services that families may need or find helpful.  Helping families connect to the community can further increase student success. Include resources that can be found in your area.

·         Be creative and make your letter visually engaging – use color and pictures

·         Use a newsletter format

·         Identify 5 different ways that parents can become involved in your classroom and describe each opportunity. Be sure to include a wide variety of ways parents can participate..

·         Identify 5 different resources and services available to help families in the community.  Briefly describe each service as well as provide pertinent contact information.


Grading Rubric

  Possible points Student points
The opening of the newsletter is welcoming and conveys the purpose of the information being presented. 10  
Newsletter includes 5 opportunities for parent engagement and each opportunity is described in detail. 30  
Newsletter includes 5 different resources/services that are available locally in the community.  Each service is described and includes contact information. 30  
Information is presented in a 2 page newsletter format and is creative & unique with the use of color and layout.   Information is enhanced with the use of visuals. 20  
Information is presented in clear writing style using proper grammar, spelling and punctuation.  There are few errors that interfere with the clarity of the content. 10