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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.

State Administrators and Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Staff can use the new Parent Involvement and Family Engagement resource to build knowledge and strengthen practices of early childhood (EC) professionals.

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.

A strong relationship with a parent promotes a child’s development, learning, and increased school success. Child care programs can explore this resource to learn strategies to encourage strong and positive parent-child relationships.

Caring and responsive parent-child relationships help children thrive in school and in life.

Explore this resource to understand the differences between parent involvement and family engagement. Child care programs will learn why moving from parent involvement to family engagement practices can help staff build strong relationships with families.

 

The 5-2-1-0 message provides suggestions for building healthy, active lives for everyone. Staff can share this postcard with parents to put on the refrigerator as a reminder to make healthy choices every day. 

 

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