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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 hosted 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. Resources are available for each session.

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.

The Roadmap to Reauthorization Self-Assessment and Implementation Planning Tool was released as part of the 2017 Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Final Rule Cluster Trainings for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) CCDF grantees.  The tool was designed to provide AI/AN C

This brief provides research-based information to support state agency staff as they design and implement consumer education websites and other resources, such as quality rating and improvement systems.

This brief highlights key information from the 2012 National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE) about the various types of funding that early care and education (ECE) centers receive.

This brief describes findings from the National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE) about how families make these types of decisions.

This brief uses data from the National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE) to provide an overview of the different types of home-based providers as well as information about these providers.

This brief is focused on describing enrollment size, ages served, and the extent to which center hours of operations vary by age group served.

This brief summarizes data gathered by the National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE) examining early care and education (ECE) centers that participate in Head Start and...

This brief summarizes the experience, educational attainment, weekly work hours, and wages that characterize the ECE workforce and identifies questions for state ECE leaders to consider in relation to...