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Family Engagement Toolkit
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A toolkit of resources developed and informed by the work of the Family Outcomes Cross-State Learning Collaborative (CSLC) through the National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) to support Early Intervention (EI) system leaders in using and implementing recommendations from the HHS/ED Joint Policy Statement on Family Engagement: From the Early Years to the Early Grades
Family Engagement Toolkit: Contents
- HHS/ED Policy Statement on Family Engagement: From the Early Years to the Early Grades
- Policy Statement Reference Guide (Google drive link)
- PowerPoint Presentations:
- Family Engagement Webinars
- Policy Statement Infographics:
- HHS/ED Family Engagement Frameworks:
- Vignettes and Examples of State Work
- Additional family engagement resources
Additional Family Engagement Resources
From the Policy Statement:
“The resources included here are examples provided as resources for the reader’s convenience. The list is not exhaustive. The following resources can be used, adopted or adapted by States, lead agencies for early intervention and child care, LEAs, and schools and community-based early childhood programs to develop and implement family engagement practices. The U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services do not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of outside information provided. Further, the inclusion of information or websites do not reflect their importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed, or products or services offered.”
Family Engagement Frameworks
- Family Engagement Frameworks the Dual Capacity Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships: The Dual Capacity framework supports families, schools, districts and states in building capacity for student achievement and school improvement. The Framework outlines a process that schools and districts can use to build the type of effective family engagement that will make schools the centers of their communities.
- The Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework: The framework helps providers assess and track progress across key indicators of effective family engagement to support children's learning and development.
- Using the Head Start Parent, Family and Community Engagement (PFCE) Framework in Your Program: Markers of Progress
Federally Funded Technical Assistance Resources
- Administration for Children and Families (ACF) National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (NCPFCE): NCPFCE, jointly administered by the Office of Head Start and the Office of Child Care supports family well-being, effective family and community engagement, and children’s school readiness. The Center focuses on training and technical assistance and resource development. The Center promotes staff-family relationship building practices that are culturally and linguistically responsive; integrated and systemic family engagement strategies that are outcomes-based; and consumer education, family leadership, family economic stability, and individualized support for families.
- Building Partnerships: A Guide to Building Relationships with Families
- Compendium of Parenting Interventions: The Compendium profiles parenting interventions for families of children birth to age five that are research-based.
- Engaging Fathers: Father engagement implementation resources.
- Family Engagement and Ongoing Child Assessment: Discover how programs can share information with families about children's learning and development. Identify specific strategies that support relationship building with families.
- Family Engagement and School Readiness Resources
- Family Engagement in Transitions: Transition to Kindergarten
- Head Start Relationship-Based Competencies: Self-Assessment Tools for Staff and Supervisors: This resource outlines skills and strategies for staff and supervisors working with families in line with the Head Start Program Performance Standards.
- Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Simulation: Boosting School Readiness through Effective Family Engagement Series: Explore and practice everyday strategies to develop relationships with families.
- Measuring What Matters: Using Data to Support Family Progress: Learn how to use data more effectively to strengthen your work with children and families. Use these resources to support family and program progress. They are designed for Head Start, Early Head Start, and other early care and education program staff. These resources are aligned with the PFCE Framework and Head Start Program Performance Standards.
- Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Early Childhood Quality Assurance Center supports state and community leaders and their partners in the planning and implementation of rigorous approaches to quality in all early care and education settings for children from birth to school age.
- Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR), funded by the Office of Special Education Programs in the Department of Education, serves as a central resource of information for parents of children with disabilities, linking families to valuable resources and the Parent Training and Information 21 Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers throughout the country. Resources on a wide variety of topics, including advocacy, parent involvement, and specific disabilities, among others.
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- Learn the Signs, Act Early: The Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns training in particular speaks to techniques, strategies to encourage families to engage in developmental monitoring, including tips on appropriate ways to communicate with families.
- Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers: This website will help parents handle some common parenting challenges to help parents feel more confident and enjoy helping their child grow.
- Department of Health and Human Services Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness provides an assessment of the evidence of effectiveness for home visiting program models that target families with pregnant women and children from birth to kindergarten entry.
- Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA) provides information on many early childhood topics for families of children with disabilities and professionals.
- Family and Community Engagement, U.S. Department of Education, provides links to numerous free resources for families and schools.
- The Family and Provider/Teacher Relationship Quality (FPTRQ) Measures are comprehensive tools that assess the relationships between families and early care and education providers for children birth to five years of age (including family service staff in Head Start). The measures are appropriate for use across different types of early care and education settings and can be embedded for use in QRIS and professional development systems at the state level.
- The Handbook on Family and Community Engagement was created by the Center on Innovation & Improvement with funding and support from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.
- National Center for Cultural Competence, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration, contributes to the body of knowledge on cultural and linguistic competency within systems and organizations.
- National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness
- National Center for Family/Professional Partnerships, funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, provides leadership in helping families of children and youth with special health care needs and disabilities partner with professionals to improve care.
- National Center for Homeless Education is the technical assistance center for the Department of Education's Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program and provides research, resources, and information enabling communities to address the educational needs of children experiencing homelessness.
- The National Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Neglected or Delinquent Children and Youth (NDTAC), funded by the Department of Education, serves as a national resource center to provide direct assistance to States, schools, communities, and parents seeking information on the education of children and youth who are considered neglected, delinquent, or at-risk.
- Office of English Language Acquisition’s English Learner Toolkit – “Chapter 10: Ensuring Meaningful Communication with Limited English Proficient Parents”: This chapter provides tools such as translation resources for educators to best communicate with limited English proficient parents to improve student outcome. The chapter also includes detailed information and tips on how to establish a dual capacity-building framework for strong school-family partnerships.
- Read Talk Sing Together Every Day! Toolkit for Families and Early Childhood Development Teachers: These tip Sheets for Families, Caregivers and Early Learning Educators support talking, reading and singing together every day.
- You for Youth: Online Professional Learning and Technical Assistance for 21st Century Community Learning Centers is an online community for afterschool professionals. The website has a section dedicated to family engagement, providing resources and tools on how to connect with families. These resources can be utilized by anyone looking for free technical assistance resources in a number of areas including literacy and family engagement.
Tools for Families
- Child Care Aware: Find quality child care for your child.
- Flamboyan Foundation: These tools can help you find creative ways to make parent/ teacher conferences more successful and meaningful.
- Office of Civil Rights, Schools' Civil Rights Obligations to English Learner Students and Limited English Proficient Parents provides resources for limited English proficiency parents on their legal rights.
- Office of Head Start (OHS) Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center Head Start Locator
- (OHS) Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center: For Families Resources
- (OHS) Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center Program Governance
- Parents as Teachers Fatherhood Toolkit: This website provides resources for fathers to become more successfully involved in parenting and maximize the care they can give their children in their role as a father.
- Serving on Groups That Make Decisions: A Guide for Families is a guidebook for family members who are serving on decision-making groups.
- Transitioning to Kindergarten: A Toolkit for Early Childhood Educators: A toolkit developed by the National Center for Learning Disabilities, it contains materials for families.