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Parents Have Rights, Responsibilities with Children's Day Care

LAS CRUCES -- When children spend time in day care, there are certain responsibilities that go along with parents' rights. One responsibility is to be involved with their children's education, said a New Mexico State University child development specialist.

"One of the things parents can do is discuss problems with providers," said Diana DelCampo with NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service. "For example, if a child cries when going to day care, the provider needs to know about it, and something needs to be worked out with the provider and parents."

Parents also should communicate with caregivers, discussing concerns, sharing information and setting goals. They need to let the teacher know they are concerned and interested in their children and their progress, she said. Even parents who work every day can be involved at the center by volunteering to type a newsletter, for example.

"It's very important that parents take responsibility to read any written materials the child care center puts out. That way they can avoid problems later on," she said. "If you're late picking up your child, the manual might tell you that you have to pay a certain amount of money or if you're two hours late, it may endanger the child being able to stay at the center."

Parents have the right to be involved in their children's education and care, and should be a part of decision making. They also should have access to the classroom, and have good communication with the teacher about classroom situations, DelCampo said.

Parents should also be informed of any changes in fees, teachers or programming.