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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Consumer education and engagement drive quality when informed, equipped, and engaged families influence and improve early childhood (EC) and school-age care and education systems and settings.

Watch this brief overview of the Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework for Early Childhood Systems and related resources for Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Lead agencies, their disseminating networks, state administrators,...

The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) regulations require States, Territories, and Tribes to explain in their CCDF plans how they will provide outreach (i.e., increase awareness of available services) and promote the use of services among eligible families including those with limited...

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.

NCASE has developed a number of resources focused on promoting school-age children’s learning and development in the summer months. This publication is part of a series compiling NCASE resources on a particular theme.

Effective outreach promotes families’ awareness of, access to, and use of early childhood care and education and comprehensive services.

Effective outreach promotes families' awareness of, access to, and use of early childhood care and education and comprehensive services.  States, territ...

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.

This tip sheet is designed to help states and territories leverage child care consumer education websites to communicate critical information to families, providers, and the general public during times of emergencies and disasters...

NCASE is pleased to share a new research brief that builds on existing guid­ance about supporting children and fami­lies during the transition to kindergarten by broadening the way parents and stakehold­ers think about this transition to include school-age programs.