The Children’s Center at Purchase College tries to address many of the needs of its children, but this goal cannot be achieved without parent participation. Parent involvement is considered an integral part of life at the Center. Parents and teachers interact by sharing their observations, immediate concerns, and long range goals for their children. Parents organize and run fund-raising events and serve on the Board of Directors. Parents are encouraged to contribute to the program by sharing their expertise and talking to the children about their work, cultural practices etc. A parent-teacher partnership such as this significantly enhances each child’s overall growth and development.