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Direct Child-Serving Practitioners

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The School-Age Consumer Education toolkit shares consumer education information, including state examples and resources, on the physical, social, and emotional health and development of school-age children and engagement efforts with their parents and families.

Explore how understanding the cultural perspectives of families can positively impact relationship-building and family engagement efforts.

What are child care deserts? How do we recognize them and what communities do they impact? Through data-driven analysis, the scope of child care undersupply is coming into focus.

Learn the facts about family homelessness.

Explore this overview of family homelessness and learn why it is important for professionals to understand the definition of “homeless children and youth.” It is included in Section 725(2) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act [42 U.S.C. § 11435a(2)]. 

Respectful trusting partnerships with families can help early childhood professionals feel more satisfied with their work, and more confident and open in their interactions with families.

Safety, health, and financial stability are key to family well-being.

Making the transition to a new care and learning setting can have an impact on families. For both children and parents, transitions can lead to excitement and joy, and uncertainty and concerns.

The Cost Estimation Tool for Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnership Services is designed to help EHS-CC Partnership grantees and their child care partners plan for the cost of delivering comprehensive Early Head Start (EHS) serv

School readiness is the process of early learning and development, from infancy to school age. It’s a time when children can gain the skills and attitudes they need to succeed in school. Early interactions with important, caring adults build babies’ brains and influence development.