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Introduction I 9 1 I know the names of each parent in my class. Always   Usually   Sometimes   Never 2 I welcome all parents as enthusiastically as their children. Always   Usually   Sometimes   Never 3 I have a positive individual relationship with each parent. Always   Usually   Sometimes   Never 4 I realize that caring for each parent helps each child. Always   Usually   Sometimes   Never 5 I keep all parents informed about their children’s experience and the program. Always   Usually   Sometimes   Never Always   Usually   Sometimes   Never 7 I would never give up on helping a parent, just as I would never give up on helping a child. Always   Usually   Sometimes   Never Seven Steps to Partnering with Families Even if you circled “Always,” be sure to read the corresponding step—there’s always something to learn and improve on. Refer back to your completed self-assessment form as you explore the seven steps in creating a winning partnership. You will be reminded about each self-assessment statement at the beginning of each step. Don’t become discouraged if you don’t know as much as you thought you would or should. That’s the point. Learning is a lifelong process. partnering with families 6 I provide a culture that allows all parents to freely express their ques- tions, ideas, or suggestions.