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(1) The program staff shall establish and maintain collaborative relationships with each childꞌs family and community to foster studentꞌs development in all settings.

(2) To ensure collaborative relationships between the community, school, and families, preschool programs shall have protocols which:

(a) establish intentional practices designed to foster strong reciprocal relationships with families;

(b) ensure that families are an integral part of the decision-making team through communication and family conferences which promote dialogue and partnership regarding their studentꞌs educational goals and services;

(c) collaborate with families to help students participate successfully in early childhood settings;

(d) ensure that all families, regardless of family structure, socioeconomic, racial, religious, and cultural diversity, gender, abilities, or preferred languages are included in their childꞌs educational experience;

(e) assist families in locating, contacting, and using community resources that support the studentꞌs well-being, development, and goals;

(f) promote awareness and understanding of the unique legal and political structures of Montana Tribal Nations in order to best meet the needs of Indian students and families;

(g) collaborate with community-based programs to ensure that parents and families have the resources they need to be involved in their studentꞌs education, growth, and development; and

(h) provide access to health screenings and referrals for all students in the program.

History: 20-7-101, MCA; IMP, 20-7-117, MCA; NEW, 2014 MAR p. 2943, Eff. 7/1/15.

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