Be A Partner To Our Program–PAC

Early childhood programming in the Hopkins school district is a partnership between parents, children and teachers. We come together and explore all the different ways we can help your child grow and learn. Once a week classes for ECFE, 1-2 day classes of Kaleidoscope preschool or the full day experience of Stepping Stones all provide ample opportunity for parent involvement and you are welcome to discuss ways you can volunteer in these programs. We want to work with you to create the best experience we can for your child in our classroom.

This is the approach we take in our leadership partnerships with the Parent Advisory Council (PAC) as well. Every school in our district–including Harley Hopkins Family Center–has an organization that keeps parents intimately connected with the particulars and processes of the running of the school.  In elementary schools this is the PTO; in early childhood it is PAC. Parents have always played an important role in helping to shape events, collaborate for improvements to our programs and keep our staff and programs in tune with the community’s needs and expectations through PAC.

We are preparing for a new year, and would love to have you join us to learn more about PAC.  Remember, the staff realizes that you are very busy with your family during these early childhood years. This is why we appreciate every individual who is able to volunteer at whatever level you feel comfortable. Some people are able to do one or two hours and participate in a few events. Some people are ready to take on a bit more of the planning. We would like to see everyone–we will fit your participation to what feels reasonable to you.  Just like when we are working on cleaning up a classroom: Many hands make light work.

There are lots of benefits to being involved in PAC.  Here are just a few:

  • Once a month planning meetings means a night out with grown-ups–and childcare is provided
  • One free special topics class each semester
  • Yummy snacks provided at each meeting–enjoy them with the new friends you meet who are also motivated to volunteer and share their time
  • Deepen your knowledge around early childhood issues and how your community is reinforcing their importance

Our program benefits so much from parent participation. Here are just some of the ways:

  • Your energy, ideas and involvement are the driving force behind our fun events
  • You are instrumental in helping us raise funds for our programs
  • Your informed and engaged voice rings out in our community and is a call for even more parents to become involved in ECFE

You have a place here at Harley. You are appreciated and valued. If you would like to learn more about how your presence can make a difference for your child and the many others who enjoy our programming call Christine Fehst, program coordinator, at 952-988-5000 to let us know you would like to be a partner in PAC.

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