Lake Harriet United Methodist Preschool

4901 Chowen Avenue South   Minneapolis, Minnesota 55410  (612) 926-8043


Family and School Communication

The staff will communicate with parents/guardians in a positive and supportive manner that encourages the parent/guardian-child relationship.

Families will be regularly informed of classroom program plans through weekly lesson plans and monthly newsletters, which are posted outside each classroom and on our Classroom Info page. Special event information will be posted on a family bulletin board, on our website and/or a notice will be sent home. An all school newsletter is posted monthly to help families be informed of upcoming events, changes in policies, and recent program happenings. If you have provided us with an email address, monthly emails will be sent to you highlighting upcoming events and reminding you to look on the website for updates. If you do not receive email or do not have internet access, please make arrangements with your child's teacher for printed copies of notices.

Family involvement is necessary to the continuing success of the program. Parents/guardians are welcome any time and are encouraged to share time and talent in the classroom and to go on field trips. A written Program Evaluation is conducted annually to help the staff evaluate the program and to continually improve the quality.

Confidentiality Policy

Under the Family Education Rights Act (0 U.S.C. 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) records related to preschool children and thier families, and information contained in those records, are to be shared with other sstaff only if that person has a legitimate educational interest.  Requests from third parties must have parent/guardian written permission except in the case of maltreatement.  These permissions are maintained in the child's record. See more information in our Family Handbook, Appendix C.

Categories of individuals that would have access to a child's file include the following:

  • Child's teacher
  • Parents/Guardians
  • Student Teachers
  • Director
  • Consultants

A staff member generally has a legitimate educational interest if they need to review an educational record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.  All children's records are stored in locked file cabinets.

All employees are prohibited from discussing children and families with, or in the presence of, other children and families.

Research / Public Relations

Written permission is required from a parent/guardian before a child is involved in experimental research or public relations activity. A separate form will be obtained before each occasion and maintained in the child's record.