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.

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.

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

This flyer was distributed at STAM 2018 as a general resource.

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.

 

Early childhood professionals need to engage families in positive, goal-oriented relationships. The Relationship-Based Competencies (RBCs) to Support Family Engagement Series upholds that goal.

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.