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Families and Communities

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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.

 

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.

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. 

 

This video demonstrates positive interactions between a monitor and provider and serves as a model for conducting a Child Care Center monitoring visit.

This brief includes a description of family child care networks and addresses supports a staffed family child care network can provide, particularly to special populations (family, friend, and neighbor care, license-exempt providers, English language learners, and dual language learners); the...

The Office of Child Care provides a checklist and resources for preventing child deaths in hot cars during the summer months.

This brief highlights key information from the 2012 National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE) about the various types of funding that early care and education (ECE) centers receive.

The National Survey of Early Care and Education reached 12,000 families and large numbers of home-based and center-based programs (6,000 home-based providers, 5,600 classroom staff, and 8,200 program directors).