Relationship-Based Practice

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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.

This resource introduces a vision for engaging families as consumers of early childhood and school-age care and education services and explains how this vision relates to consumer education and family engagement.

Enhance your knowledge around family homelessness and the McKinney-Vento Homelessness Assistance Act's definition of "homeless" as it refers to children and youth.

Enhance your knowledge around family homelessness.

Explore how understanding the cultural perspectives of families can positively impact relationship-building and family engagement efforts.

Explore this overview of family homelessness and learn why it is important for professionals to understand the definition of “homeless children and youth.” It is included in Section 725(2) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act [42 U.S.C. § 11435a(2)]. 

Learn the facts about family homelessness.

Respectful trusting partnerships with families can help early childhood professionals feel more satisfied with their work, and more confident and open in their interactions with families.

Safety, health, and financial stability are key to family well-being.

Making the transition to a new care and learning setting can have an impact on families. For both children and parents, transitions can lead to excitement and joy, and uncertainty and concerns.