The Saratoga Parent Nursery School Community is built on the partnership between parents, teachers and children. Studies show that parents who are engaged in their child’s early schooling lay a strong foundation for their child’s future education. Our mission is to provide the resources and support for families as they navigate this parenting journey.
SPNS is unique in that the family commitment is limited to helping in the classroom one day a week. Each family must also attend an orientation meeting at the beginning of the year, which is held the week before the first day of school in the evening. At this time volunteer opportunities will be available. For example, families that would like to act as Room Parent, or assist with field trips and special classroom celebrations may sign up at the orientation. Parents are also responsible for bringing snack approximately twice a year.
An essential part of our program is the support and guidance we offer our families. Parent Education comes in many forms at SPNS.
- On your classroom workday you will have the opportunity to learn from the other parents, teachers and most of all, from the children.
- After each workday, parents meet with the teacher to discuss any issues that might have arisen that day as well as any triumphs or questions. Additional discussions are based on classroom observations and topics such as Developmental Milestones, temperaments and effective communication, navigating transitions, supporting early literacy and more.
- During the Orientation and Parent/Teacher Conferences (held twice during the year), the teaching staff provide additional information to support parents and children.
- Through out the year, SPNS also supports families through an evening speakers program and through our school blog, The Melty Crayon.