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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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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.

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.

 

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

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.

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.

This checklist is designed to be utilized as a self-assessment tool by states and territories as they review their child care consumer education website for 1) alignment with CCDF consumer education website requirements; 2) recommendations within the preamble to the CCDF Final Rule; and 3)...

This webinar provides a national overview of States’ infant early childhood mental health (I-ECMH) systems-building efforts.

The Child Care State Capacity Building Center (SCBC) Infant/Toddler Specialist Network is hosting a series of 1-hour Hot Topic Webinars on the 3rd Wednesday of each month beginning on July 19 and running through December 20, 2017.

The Head Start Disabilities Services Newsletter is produced monthly by the National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning (NCECDTL). It is dedicated to staff working with young children with disabilities and their families.

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