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Thank you to all of our families who participated in the NAEYC Family Survey! The full results are in the spreadsheet.

NAEYC Family Survey Spreadsheet

We had 13 of 18 surveys returned, or a 72% response rate. Our overall pass rate is an 86.42%, placing us in NAEYC’s “commendable” or top 25% of programs.

We scored 100% on 5 of the 22 questions, which are not included here. (Question 23-24 do not pertain to us as we are not an infant or toddler program.) For questions with an under 100 score, we have offered answers to them here.

Results of questions with under 100% “percent yes” responses:

Question 3. The teacher often shares information about things happening in the program and wants to know about things my child is doing at home.

Yes: 12 (92%)   No: 1 (8%)

  • Answer: Page 11 of the program handbook details a variety of ways parents can be involved in our program and with their child’s learning, including sharing cultural activities from home. The Head Teacher also sends regular emails/messages through ClassDojo informing and inviting parents about upcoming events and routinely discusses these with families verbally as well at drop-offs and pick-ups.

Q4. I talk with a teacher about my child at least once a week (or every day if my child is a baby).

Yes: 12 (92%)   No: 1 (8%)

  • A: In addition to the communication logs kept on each child in the preschool classroom, The Head Teacher also sends regular emails/messages through ClassDojo informing parents about their child’s activities and routinely discusses these with families verbally as well.

Q5. I have received information at enrollment and/or throughout the year about the program and my child’s classroom, including information about:

  1. Program mission and philosophy   Yes: 12 (92%)   No: 1 (8%)
  2. Rules and expectations   Yes: 11 (85%)   No: 2 (15%)
  • A: Upon acceptance to the program all families must return an enrollment packet which includes a signature page stating they have read and understood the handbook policies and procedures; rules and expectations are described throughout the entire document, and page 4 of the describes our program mission and philosophies specifically.

Q6. I receive this information in a language that I understand.

Yes: 12 (92%)   No: 1 (8%)

  • A: Page 12 of the program handbook states that “The FRC will provide a translator if needed” and to contact the Head Teacher to arrange translation services. The Parent Educator is also available to help coordinate translation services if needed.

Q7. The teacher asks about things that are important to our family and uses this information to help my child grow and learn.

Yes: 10 (77%)   No: 2 (15%)   Don’t know: 1 (8%)

  • A: Page 4 of the program handbook, in describing our mission and philosophies, states: “We are committed to providing high quality childcare that enhances the overall development of the child and supports the family unit. Our goal is to work in partnership with each family to focus on the individual needs of each child.” Additionally, page 11 details a variety of ways parents can be involved in our program and with their child’s learning.

Q8. For families who speak a language other than English at home: the teacher and I discuss the language used to teach my child.

Yes: 4 (57%)   No: 2 (29%)   Don’t know: 1 (14%)   N/A: 6 (not calculated)

  • A: Page 11 of the program handbook details a variety of ways parents can be involved in our program and with their child’s learning and page 12 states that “The FRC will provide a translator if needed” and to contact the Head Teacher to arrange translation services if needed. Intake interviews (meeting new families), office communications with families, and all daily instructions/activities in the preschool classroom take place in English.

Q9. I am invited to take part in classroom activities and events.

Yes: 12 (92%)   No: 1 (8%)   

  • A: Page 11 of the program handbook details a variety of ways parents can be involved in our program and with their child’s learning. The Head Teacher also sends regular emails/messages through ClassDojo informing and inviting parents about upcoming events and activities and routinely discusses these with families verbally as well.

Q10. When I disagree with how a teacher works with my child, I feel comfortable letting the teacher know and working together to find a solution that works for both of us.

Yes: 11 (85%)   Don’t know: 2 (15%)

  • A: Pages 15-18 of the program handbook detail our program's approach to behavior management and page 18 specifically offers a strategy for addressing concerns and/or disagreements: “If you need to discuss a matter with a teacher, please ask them to call you at a time when they are not responsible for supervising children. If there is a classroom issue that you would like to discuss, please see the Head Teacher first. Should you not be able to resolve the issue, contact the FRC Director and she will set up a meeting. We are committed to work with you as a team to resolve any problem you may have. “

Q11. I am comfortable with what my child is learning and how my child’s progress is measured. I have the opportunity to discuss what is learned and how it is measured.

Yes: 11 (85%)   Don’t know: 2 (15%)

  • A: Families are given pamphlets containing information about the CT ELDS and DOTS frameworks, which the program follows and uses to measure progress, in their enrollment paperwork. Page 12 of the program handbook has a section on student assessment and parent conferences, and the conferences themselves are held three times per year, providing ample opportunity to discuss a child’s learning.

Q12. I know how the program makes sure that information about my child and his or her progress is kept confidential.

Yes: 12 (92%)   Don’t know: 1 (8%)

  • A: On page 13 of the program handbook there is a confidentiality section, stating: “Branford Family Resource Center follows BPS confidentiality policy in regulation with FERPA.” FERPA itself (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) is explained on pages 18-20.

Q13. I receive written reports about my child at least twice a year.

Yes: 8 (62%)   No: 1 (8%)   Don’t know: 4 (31%)

  • A: Page 12 of the program handbook has a section on student assessment and parent conferences: “The Head Teacher will schedule parent conferences three times per year, to share documented observations concerning your child’s progress in mastering school readiness skills as well as social emotional growth. A written report of your child’s progress will be given to you at this time.”

Q14. I am told about my child’s progress in language I understand and in ways that are respectful to me and my family.

Yes: 12 (92%)   No: 1 (8%)

  • A: Page 12 of the program handbook states that “The FRC will provide a translator if needed” and to contact the Head Teacher to arrange translation services. The Parent Educator is also available to help coordinate translation services if necessary.

Q15. The teacher and program work with me to meet my child’s individual or special needs and help me get other resources within the community when needed.

Yes: 10 (91%)   Don’t know: 1 (9%)   N/A: 2 (not calculated)

  • A: Page 13 of the program handbook has a section on referral services and community resources: “In the event that any staff member identifies a child whose needs require referral for services, the following steps will be taken: Head Teacher will consult with the Director, review anecdotal notes, meet with parents, contact appropriate school personnel or referral agency and develop an action plan to assure the child’s needs are met. All steps will be documented and kept confidential in the child’s file. Should it be found that the program is not meeting your child’s need, we will assist in finding an appropriate placement.” In addition, we are fortunate to share a building with the Linda B. Chipkin Early Years Center, the district’s preschool dedicated to serving children with special needs.

Q16. The program helps me get to know other families in the program and encourages us to support each other.

Yes: 10 (77%)   Don’t know: 3 (23%)

  • A: Page 11 of the program handbook details a variety of ways parents can be involved in our program and get to know each other better: “Family events and parent group meetings will provide you with opportunities to meet other parents and families within the program.” Back to School Night/Open Houses, holiday parties and celebrations, graduation ceremonies, etc. help make program families feel a sense of community with each other.

Q17. I am always welcome at the program and am invited to participate by helping to plan events, being involved in decisions about the program, and taking on leadership roles.

Yes: 9 (69%)   No: 1 (8%)   Don’t know: 3 (23%)

  • A: From page 11 of the handbook: “You are invited to become a member of our Parent Advisory Committee that meets triennially to review policies, plan fund raising opportunities, and offer feedback from a parent’s perspective. If you are interested in being part of the Parent Advisory Board, stop by the FRC office for more details.” The section directly below also offers multiple options for parental involvement with the classroom and program.

Q18. I am provided with a translator when needed.

Yes: 3 (60%)   No: 1 (20%)    N/A: 8 (not calculated)   Left blank: 1 (20%)

  • A: Page 12 of the program handbook states that “The FRC will provide a translator if needed” and to contact the Head Teacher to arrange translation services. The Parent Educator is also available to help coordinate translation services if necessary.

Q19. The program staff helps me learn about community events and resources that can help my child and family.

Yes: 11 (85%)   No: 1 (8%)   Don’t know: 1 (8%)

  • A: Please see page 13 of the program handbook: “If you need assistance with housing, education, counseling, securing medical insurance, finding a medical home, ongoing well-child care, immunizations and health, dental and nutritional screenings please contact the Community Engagement Coordinator (Parent Educator) for assistance.” The FRC website has information and links to other community events in Branford. The Head Teacher and Parent Educator also routinely share fliers/information about community events with families, in person and via email and newsletter.

Q21. When program evaluations are completed, I receive information about the findings.

Yes: 8 (62%)   Don’t know: 5 (38%)

  • A: NAYEC surveys are completed and the findings are posted to the school’s website for parents and the community to review.