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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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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 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.

This checklist indicates the 12 consumer education components that states and territories are required to offer on their consumer education websites, and provides a fillable work area to assist states and territories with planning and tracking their progress.

This infographic depicts the 12 consumer education components that states and territories are required to offer on their consumer education websites, and makes recommendations on other state- or territory-level information that may be considered for inclusion.

Family engagement is essential to high-quality services for all children in early childhood care and education. From the beginning of life, families nurture their children and the capacities they will need to be ready for school.

Father-friendly environments can help create chances for engagement. Create an environment fathers will want to be a part of by considering what they see, hear, and feel when they walk into your program.

The third in the State Capacity Building Center Infant/Toddler Specialist Network's 2018 Hot Topic series, this webinar provides facts and resources to support responsive care to families struggling with challenges related to opioid abuse.

This webinar was hosted by the Office of Child Care (OCC) and the Child Care State Capacity Building Center (SCBC) on April 26, 2018. During this webinar, participants had the opportunity to do the following:

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