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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If you want your target audience to visit your consumer education website and use the key information and resources it provides, you must ensure that they know about it....

This document from Vermont’s Agency of Education outlines the Guiding Principles for Vermont’s interactions with...

The Child Care State Capacity Building Center (SCBC) has published a series of guides, tools, and webinars to help states and territories create and maintain effective and family-friendly child care consumer education websites.

The child care consumer education website can be a powerful tool to communicate with families, child care providers, and other stakeholders. This webinar explores ways CCDF Lead Agencies can leverage their consumer education website as a communication tool.

Effective child care consumer education websites ensure that information about child care is easily accessible and transparent, providing families with the information they need to make informed child care decisions and engage in the development of their children—both at home and in child care...

Continuous quality improvement is essential for a successful, user-friendly website. To make well-informed, thoughtful improvements to your consumer education website, you should leverage the power of data.

Once you build your child care consumer education website, your target audience needs to know about it so that they may use...

This State Highlight describes Pennsylvania’s Early Childhood Integrated Data System (ECIDS) and how state leaders used its data to equitably distribute CARES Act funds among their early child care providers.

En conjunto, estos ejemplos y recursos ilustran muchos de los aspectos clave de la toma de decisiones para los padres que buscan cuidado para niños en edad escolar y pueden ayudar a los estados, territorios y tribus a informar mejor a los consumidores.

If you are thinking about enhancing the structure of your child care consumer education...