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Tool kit

The Early Childhood Family Engagement Framework Toolkit: Maryland's Vision for Engaging Families with Young Children

This web-based toolkit was designed to support early childhood providers in promoting family engagement. It is organized into seven goal areas with strategies for putting theory into practice, including family and educator voices, what professional development is needed, and resources. There is a section on effective practices that describes each suggested activity and indicates the target ages, materials needed, costs, and considerations. The kit also includes a self-assessment and action plan.

Inclusion Checklist for Programs

This checklist offers a way for programs to assess how well they are doing at creating and maintaining a fully inclusive program. It examines a wide range of arenas including: written materials, staff training and support, confidentiality, relationships, schedules, activities, transitions, visual environments, physical access, designated space, sensory input, communication support, expectations, support with coping skills, and accommodations for specific disabilities.

Resources to Support the Full Participation of Young Children Who Are Dual Language Learners (DLLs) and their Families

This toolkit is a compilation of resources focused on fostering the development of young Dual Language Learners (DLLs). The research, audiovisual resources, and online resources listed encourage practices, tools, and strategies that are inclusive, responsive, and culturally appropriate for young DLLs and their families. Most listed resources are free; some are available in Spanish.

A Tool to Assess the Alignment of State/Territory PDS and QRIS

Professional development systems (PDS) and quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS) are two important subsystems of the comprehensive early childhood and school-age system. State and Territory leaders can use this self-assessment tool to guide alignment across similar system functions. Leaders can use the tool to develop a common understanding of the mission and goals, identify gaps, and strengthen the design, implementation, and sustainability of both subsystems.

GLSEN's Safe Space Kit: A Guide to Supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Students in Your School

This toolkit is designed to help educators create a safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students. It provides specific actions adults can take to be supportive. It also outlines how to teach youth to be an ally and combat anti-bias behavior and links to many more related resources.

Emergency Preparedness

This tool kit provides extensive resources and links to help programs create an emergency preparedness plan.  It is divided into 4 sections for before, during and after a disaster, plus additional resources.  The information is presented in a question and answer format with additional resources and links for each section.  

Making It Work!

This toolkit benefits American Indian and Alaska Native programs in supporting self and cultural identity, connection to the past, present and future and empowerment. However, it provides many useful tips for making any curriculum more culturally responsive. While it is designed for Head Start programs, linking curriculum to standards, there are helpful tips and program examples that can be adapted for K-3 Out-of-School Time (OST) programs.