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Family Engagement and Consumer Education

Parents are their children’s most important teachers and advocates. Child care programs can serve as trusted sources of information for parents on child development and community supports and services. The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 stipulates that States should be encouraged to provide consumer information to “promote involvement by parents and family members in the development of their children in child care settings.” The following resources provide information about the requirements of the new law and strategies for effectively informing and involving child care consumers.

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This brief provides research-based information to support state agency staff as they design and implement consumer education websites and other resources, such as quality rating and improvement systems.

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.

This brief uses data from the National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE) to provide an overview of the different types of home-based providers as well as information about these providers.

This brief describes findings from the National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE) about how families make these types of decisions.

This brief is focused on describing enrollment size, ages served, and the extent to which center hours of operations vary by age group served.

This brief summarizes the experience, educational attainment, weekly work hours, and wages that characterize the ECE workforce and identifies questions for state ECE leaders to consider in relation to...

This brief summarizes data gathered by the National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE) examining early care and education (ECE) centers that participate in Head Start and...

Practice partnering with families in a safe virtual environment.

Explore the Fatherhood Connection resource flash to enhance fatherhood engagement in your program. This resource provides early childhood staff with information that can be quickly applied in any early childhood settings. ​

The information in this resource guide is designed to help identify the education, training, and experience needed need to qualify for a teaching or administrative role in a child care center or to operate a family child care (FCC) program. Information is also included to help locate training and...

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