The importance of family engagement in early education

It takes a village and we all need to be involved in our kids education.

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Research shows that when parents are actively involved and engaged in their child’s education, children are more successful.

Positive and meaningful family engagement promotes healthy school relationships and assists in establishing the foundation for your child’s success.

In order to promote family engagement within your school each year, effective communication is key.

Kelli DiDomenico of The Children’s Workshop shares the following tips for why they believe that family engagement and open and honest communication are the keys to a successful childcare experience when it comes to early education programs.

Start with the NAEYC Standard for families:

  • Standard 7: Families (1 of the 10 NAEYC Program Standards): “The program establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with each child’s family to foster children’s development in all settings. These relationships are sensitive to family composition, language, and culture. To support children’s optimal learning and development, programs need to establish relationships with families based on mutual trust and respect, involve families in their children’s educational growth, and encourage families to fully participate in the program.”
  • Next Steps – NAEYC’s recommendations for “What to look for in a program:
    1. Get Involved – All families are welcome and encouraged to be involved in all aspects of the program.
    2. Adapt to your community of families – Teachers and staff talk with families about their family structure and their views on childrearing and use that information to adapt the curriculum and teaching methods to the families served.
    3. Communication – The program uses a variety of strategies to communicate with families, including family conferences, new family orientations, and individual conversations.
    4. Provide clear program information—including policies and operating procedures—is provided in a language that families can understand. Ex. Parent Handbook, Parent Orientation

NAEYC Standards- See more at: http://families.naeyc.org/accredited-article/10-naeyc-program-standards#7)