Parent Working Day

COVID-19 Changes

The 2021 program is different. Please see here for the most current information.

  • Arrive at 8:30am and wash your hands

  • Sign in at chosen color role (yellow, blue, red, or green) for the day, choose corresponding colored apron, read blue book with activity for the day

  • Yellow parent brings snack for 24 children and 6 adults.  See snack suggestions in your Parent Handbook.  You can plan a cooking project.  Have 3 food groups represented in the snack.

  • Do not follow your child around – you are here for all the children.  Your child will get over his or her insistence that you be with him or her all the time.

  • Let children do their own art – do not do the art for the children.  This is their opportunity for self-expression and creativity.

  • Initiate conversations with open-ended questions. 

  • Be prepared to stay until all the children have been picked up and the classroom is ready for the next group.  This means the yellow parent has cleaned the kitchen, the green parent has cleaned the sink and paint area, the red parent has tidied the writing and library centers, and the blue parent has organized the math, block, and manipulative area.

  • Don’t hurry.  Focus on the children, observe, interact, and initiate conversations.  The parents involvement in each activity directly influences the quality of the children’s experience. 


If you are unable to work on your scheduled day, you are responsible to find a substitute.

  • Call a parent to arrange trading your day with one of theirs

  • Call a paid substitute parent for which you will pay and you will get credit for working that day.  Paid substitute parent is $45 per day.