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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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Explore this resource to learn more about how to use social media to partner with families to support their children’s learning and development.

State, Territory, and Tribal child care administrators and others may use this resource to support consumer education and family engagement.

Explore this brief to learn about a set of resources designed to help build knowledge and strengthen practices for implementing family engagement. They may be used to support professional development for early childhood and school-age care and education professionals.

Having access to safe and affordable child care is a critical issue for parents and other caregivers. Families face numerous decisions when balancing their work and home life, especially when it comes to choosing the type of care they will use.

Child care provides an opportunity to have an impact on the lives of children and their families. Starting and operating a child care business is both a personal and a business decision.

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...

The Child Care State Capacity Building Center (SCBC) Infant/Toddler Specialist Network hosted a series of 1-hour Hot Topic Webinars on the 3rd Wednesday of each month beginning on March 21 and running through September 19, 2018.

In these guides created for early childhood professionals, explore digital tools designed to encourage parents to talk with their infants and children. Share these tools with parents, along with tips and information about talking with their young children.

The sixth in the State Capacity Building Center Infant/Toddler Specialist Network's 2018 Hot Topic series, this webinar features resources and practices to support infants, toddlers, families, and teachers during times of national disasters.

 

Explore the Relationship-Based Competencies to Support Family Engagement Series to learn more about the knowledge, skills, and individual practices that early childhood professionals need to engage families effectively in positive, goal-oriented relationships.

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