Parent-Teacher Conferences

Periodically throughout the year, the teachers in your child’s classroom provide you with a development report that outlines your child’s strengths, challenges, preferences and learning styles across all areas of development. Their assessments are based on observations they make of your child in the classroom. For infants and children with special needs concerns, the teachers prepare reports every three months, and for all other children, it is every six months. When you receive the report, the teachers will ask you to schedule a conference to meet with them. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.

You may also want to share any feedback you may have about particular curriculum topics, projects or activities, any challenges you have had with your child at home, or any observations you have made of your child’s particular strengths or interests. The goal is for you and the teachers to collaborate on your child’s learning and development.

If you have any concerns about your child throughout the year, please feel free to call to schedule a conference at any time. If meeting at the school is logistically difficult, we can also arrange for phone conferences between parents and the teaching team between 1 and 3 any weekday.

If you have language concerns, please let us know your preferred language for the conference and we will make an interpreter available.

We look forward to your participation in the conferences and your feedback!

Sample Questions

Questions you might find helpful as you prepare for a parent-teacher conference

  • What activities does my child enjoy the most?
  • What do you consider to be his or her strengths?
  • How do you individualize the curriculum in the classroom to support my child’s strengths?
  • What challenges are you working with my child to address?
  • What are you doing as teachers to help my child with those challenges?
  • What can we do at home to help?
  • Do you have any concerns about my child’s preparation for his or her transition into the next classroom (or if pre-k, into kindergarten)?
  • What expectations do you have for my child to support his or her next transition?