Harassment Overview First Circle’s goal is to have a fair and respectful workplace free of harassment or discrimination. Employee harassment/discrimination is unlawful and will not be tolerated. Employees are protected from harassment based on their race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender identity or expression, age, handicap (disability), participation in discrimination complaint-related activities, sexual orientation, […]

whistleblower policy

Whistleblower policy If you observe what you believe to be wrongful conduct, you have the right and the duty to report it without fear of retaliation. DEFINITION OF WRONGFUL CONDUCT Wrongful conduct includes serious improper actions that could impact First Circle’s integrity and operation. Examples include, but are not limited to: Violations of federal, state, […]

resolving conflict

Resolving conflict/grievances overview The heart of Early Childhood Education is in partnering with families to help children learn and grow. At First Circle, you may find yourself disagreeing with a parent who feels their child’s care could be handled differently. As a program and as professionals, we want to be open to receiving feedback and […]

challenging communication

Challenging communication Every person has a different skill set and way of communicating. It takes time and effort to understand how to communicate best. Every program has parents who present communication challenges: the difficult-to-please parents, the parents who communicate poorly or not at all, the negative or anxious parent who needs constant support…and many other […]

journals + portfolios

journals + portfolios Portfolios (for preschool and pre-k) and journals (infants and toddlers) are collections of information, photographs, and samples that demonstrate each child’s developmental progress. They celebrate each child’s unique abilities, achievements, and progress, displayed through authentic samples of their work and experiences. Each child has their own. The content focuses on children’s individual […]


Written communication daily sheets In the infant and toddler classrooms, in addition to talking to parents, we communicate with families about their child’s daily activities via an electronic Daily Sheet. Families begin each day by communicating information to you, and you are responsible for recording basic information and a brief description of the child’s day. […]


Verbal Communication overview Positive communication comes in both short and long conversations. Many times, a few words here and there will make all the difference. General guidelines for verbal communication with parents and co-workers: It’s a two-way street Successful communication goes both ways. Parents want to feel their input and comments are welcomed and heard.  […]

our communication standards

Our communication standards Good communication is the foundation of a quality educational program and a healthy work environment. We recognize that we all have different styles of communication. Our goal is to create a workplace where we communicate with respect, courtesy, and support. Open, respectful, and frequent communication with co-workers builds a strong team environment […]