Family Team

The Family Team consists of all parents and guardians of children enrolled in The Grand Rapids Discovery Center. The purpose of the Family Team is to support the theory of the Reggio Emilia approach to education which includes the rights of families to be actively involved in the daily life of the school; to realize the mission for the Discovery Center; to provide opportunities for family involvement and collaboration with staff; and to join in a partnership with teachers and community to build a quality school. Family Team FAQ’s

 

The Role of Families

Families play an integral role in the learning experience of the children. The rights and responsibilities of the Family Team members are:

  1. Grow their understandings about the philosophy of the school.
  2. Participate in the life of the school in various ways.
  3. Help ensure the welfare of all children in the school.
  4. Help develop community with other members of the family team.
  5. Find a voice in and cultivate a relationship with the Discovery of his/her child.

The Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center needs family support and participation to maximize the benefits of our Reggio Emilia inspired approach towards learning. Families are encouraged to utilize their Family Team membership to build relationships, grow understandings and to make their unique talents available to the school community. Family Team meetings are held monthly and all are encouraged to attend.

 

Family Team Meeting Dates

Meetings are typically the first Tuesday of each month.  They are held from 6:30 -8:00 p.m. in the gym. Please consider joining the group to listen about what is happening, ask questions, join the conversation and get involved. Check out past meetings through the Family Team Meeting Minutes.

 

Family Team Mini-Grants

The Family Team offers grant funding for projects that support the purpose of the Family Team:

The purpose of the Family Team is to support the theory of the Reggio Emilia approach to education which includes the rights of Family to be actively involved in the daily life of the school; to realize the mission for the Discovery Center; to provide opportunities for family involvement and collaboration with staff; and to join in a partnership with teachers and community to build a quality school. Teachers can apply for funding by completing a  Mini-Grant Proposal.  Decisions to release funds are made through consensus by the Family Team members at monthly meetings.