Promote Family Engagement
Recommendation: Promote family engagement and partnerships between families with infants and toddlers and their child care providers and caregivers.
What policies can states use to move toward this recommendation?
To move toward this recommendation, states may use multiple policy levers, starting from different points. Potential state policies include:
- Require in state licensing that center-based and family child care providers adopt family partnership and parental involvement strategies tailored to parents of infants and toddlers.
- Provide information and technical assistance to infant and toddler center-based and family child care providers regarding parent involvement strategies, such as culturally appropriate strategies for including parents in program development, giving parents opportunities to share concerns about their children's development with providers, and helping parents link to and continue the curriculum their children are experiencing at home.
- Provide funding for providers to have on-site capacity to share referrals or offer on-site opportunities for parents to enhance their parenting skills, knowledge, and understanding of the educational and developmental needs and activities of their children, and to improve family literacy.
- Build family partnership and parental involvement activities tailored to parents of infants and toddlers into the state quality rating and improvement system (QRIS).
Related Project Recommendations
- Mar 17, 2010 | Child Care and Early Education Tennessee: The Strengthening Families Initiative Tennessee Strengthening Families is an initiative overseen by the Tennessee Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) in the state’s child welfare agency. CTF partners with the state’s Department of Human Services (DHS) to promote and integrate the Strengthening Families framework into state systems. This framework, developed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy, aims to prevent child abuse and neglect by building five protective factors around young children and working with their families. This state example is part of CLASP's Charting Progress for Babies in Child Care project.
- Dec 22, 2009 | Child Care & Early Education State CCDBG Plans to Promote Family Engagement The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) is the largest source of federal funding for child care available to states. Every two years, states must lay out their plans for using all CCDBG funds to help low-income families access child care and to improve the quality of child care for all children, including infants and toddlers. The following lists examples of promising child care licensing, subsidy, and quality enhancement policies and initiatives related to promoting family engagement as reported by states in their FFY 2008-2009 CCDBG plans.