The West Zone Early Learning Center encourages active parent involvement.  Our 'whole child' approach relies on regular input and participation from our students' families.

At the school, we have a West Zone Early Learning Center parent manual.   Need a manual?  Contact Margie Vaughan at mvaughan@bostonpublicschools.org.

Parents can volunteer with their child's teacher to read a book in class or help with a local field trip.   Also, parents and children are encouraged to come to Family Science a couple of times a month, which occurs in the late afternoon or early evening.    Parents can also come to the classroom once a month to see what's going on during Family Fridays.

In addition, parents can join one of the following:

School Parent Council meets once a month during the academic year, on the first Friday.   Every parent is a member of School Parent Council.   SPC promotes parent engagement, raises funds, and advocates for the school.  Elections for executive committee positions occur in September during the WZELC Open House.

School Site Council meets once a month during the academic year.   SSC is the school's governing body, and parents and staff have equal representation on the council.   SSC sets the budget, conducts hiring, and develops a family and parent engagement plan for the year.  Elections for SSC parent positions occur in September during the WZELC Open House.

Citywide Parents Council meets once a month during the academic year.  CPC is the umbrella of all School Parent Councils, working to advance equity in education at BPS.  It is comprised of one parent representative of each SPC in the Boston Public Schools.   Elections for the CPC position occur at the October SPC meeting each year.

Boston Special Education Advisory Council meets monthly and is open to any parent with a child with special needs in the BPS system to assist parents and caregivers with advocacy for their child and for all children with special needs in the district.

Parent University is a series of two day long conferences held during the academic year by the BPS Office of Engagement to assist parents in becoming effective advocates for their children and their schools.