"They're the ones who brought the children to you, and so you need to make sure that they're comfortable with you being their teacher just as much as the children are," Danielle Hellmuth, works in childhood care.
Gigi Schweikert, an expert on parenting, spoke about encouraging parents: "It's very easy to judge that busy mom who's on the run with her kids and trying to get everything done, but what we want to do is not judge. We want to care for parents, educate parents, and help them be the very best parents that they can be," she said.
Care providers also learned strategies for maintaining those relationships with parents and families.
The Virginia Infant & Toddler Specialist Network will hold another conference on Saturday, May 21, in Lynchburg.
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