This paper addresses the perspectives of parents and program staff in the sharing of child assessment information through the formation of partnerships and suggests strategies for bringing those perspectives together. It outlines a framework for building partnerships between program staff and parents that establish ongoing communication, enhance teacher-child and parent child relationships, and help prepare children and families for transitions to later schooling. This will assure that 1) families have access to information about their children, 2) the information is understandable and meaningful, 3) that parents have input about the needs of their child, and 4) both staff and families can take action on the information that is shared. Sharing information and strong family-program partnerships help everybody learn -- program staff, parents and children. (Author abstract)
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