Family Schools, Inc. in Brewster earns national recognition from NAEYC

Early childhood education programs earn special acknowledgment for their work in engaging diverse families


Every day circle time at the school. All photos courtesy of the Family Schools, Inc.

The Family Schools, Inc, parent company of The Family School, Salt Box School, and Brewster Day Camp has been identified as an Engaging Diverse Families exemplary program by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)– the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals. The Family Schools, Inc. is one of only ten programs nationwide toreceive this honor.

Sharing a family's culture at the school.

The goal of the Engaging Diverse Families project is to learn howexcellent early childhood education programs are effectively engagingdiverse families and to share what is learned with other programsstruggling to start and sustain family engagement practices. Familyengagement occurs when there is an ongoing, reciprocal, strengths-basedpartnership between families and their children’s early childhoodeducation programs. NAEYC looked for evidence of shared decision-makingrelated to their children’s education; consistent, two-waycommunication; integration of families’ lives and communities into allaspects of the program; and program policies and professionaldevelopment that support effective family engagement, such as ongoingtraining in communication skills and cultural competence.

“We’re thrilled to have earned this designation from NAEYC and to berecognized for our commitment to supporting and engaging diversefamilies,” said Marcia Pioppi Galazzi, President and ExecutiveDirector.  “This exemplary status reaffirms to families in ourcommunity that we are committed to fully engaging them in theirchildren’s learning experiences, which is so critical in the earlyyears. We are particularly proud of our teachers and their ongoing,rigorous professional development.”

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