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Parents as Teachers

Have you ever heard the saying “parents are their child’s first teacher”? Well, it’s true! There are many simple everyday occurrences that provide opportunities to enhance your child’s development. Every minute of quality time you spend with your child allows for a new learning experience. Talking with your children, playing games with the alphabet to introduce new letters, and having story time all contribute to their development and learning process. Focus on everyday interactions with your children that fosters a nurturing environment that will prepare them to learn once they enter the school system. The most important component is consistent, daily quality interaction with your children. Parents are a child’s first and most influential teachers, so it is crucial that parents are motivated to help their child develop optimally. Remember, never underestimate the value and impact you, as a parent, have on your youngster’s educational experience.

​Greater Bergen’s Head Start program provides free early childhood education and family services to low-income families in Bergen County, Jersey City and Paterson, NJ. Comprehensive services and resources prepare children for kindergarten, enhance their emotional and physical well-being, and foster stable family relationships.

For more information or to find out if you qualify for GBCA’s Head Start Program call 844-472-4453 or go to

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