FAQS FOR PARENTS
If concerns arise, teachers, mental health consultants and administrators work collaboratively with parents to gain input and insight into managing challenging behaviors with interventions that support the child both in the classroom and at home. When necessary, our staff partner with parents to make referrals to appropriate services, including to Early Intervention, Public Schools and Family ACCESS’s Counseling and Consultation Services.
In addition to time spent in the classroom, our clinicians are available to meet with parents and/or children to provide added support around the life events that all families face: new siblings, the death of a grandparent, a move, etc. They are also available to provide support, referrals and counseling for those times when your child’s worries, behaviors, anger or sadness cause you concern.
PAC events are open to all ELC families and many are open to the community at large. Through these programs we hope to create a wide range of opportunities for family participation that fit within diverse home and work lives.
Activities include monthly PAC meetings, social activities, fund raising events for program support, planning for parent education, caretaking of families and staff appreciation activities. Classrooms have volunteer “room parents” who act as liaisons between PAC leadership and each classroom’s families.
The PAC organization is self-governed, with direct feedback and participation from Family ACCESS management. Leadership is elected annually in the prior Spring to take office in September.