FAMILY ENGAGEMENT IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
By: Olivia Pelaez 4/21/16
2. 6 Pillars
3. Breaking Down Each Pillar
4. Key Points for Educators
Analyze the importance of family involvement in early childhood education based on 6 key factors published on NAEYC's EDF Report published in 2009.
6 Pillars of Family Engagement:
1. Family Participation
2. Consistent Communication
3. Collaborate and Exchange Knowledge
4. Creating and Sustaining Learning Activities
5. Families Create a Home Environment that Value Learning
6. Education Programs Promote Family Engagement
Breaking Down Each Pillar
1. Early childhood education programs encourage and validate family participation in
decision making related to their children’s education. Families should act as
advocates for their children and early childhood education program by actively participating in decision making opportunities.
2. Consistent, two-way communication is facilitated through multiple forms and is catered to the language preference of the family. Communication should be both school and family initiated and should be timely and continuous. Communication should be about both the child’s educational experience as well as the larger
3. Families and early childhood education programs collaborate and exchange knowledge. Family members share their unique knowledge and skills through
volunteering and participating in events and activities at schools. Teachers seek out information about their students’ lives, families, and communities and integrate
this information into their curriculum and instructional practices.
4. Early childhood education programs and families place an emphasis on creating and sustaining learning activities at home and in the community that extend the teachings
of the program to enhance each child’s early learning experience.
5. Families create a home environment that values learning and supports programs. Programs and families work together establishing goals for children both at home and at school.
Breaking Down Each Pillar
6. Early childhood education programs create an ongoing and comprehensive system for promoting family engagement by ensuring that program leaders and educators are dedicated, trained and receive all the support they need to engage families effectively.
1. Provide a welcoming environment.
2. Strive for program-family partnerships.
3. Make a commitment to outreach.
4. Provide family resources and referrals.
5. Set and reinforce program standards.
As mutual trust evolves between the family and
the program, so will the extent of and commitment to the
partnership. If either families or teachers lose their sense
of trust, however, the commitment to the relationship will
begin to diminish, as will feelings of engagement.
1. Family Engagement, Diverse Families, and Early Childhood Education Programs: An Integrated Review of the Literature by: Linda C. Halgunseth and Amy Peterson 2009
2. Increasing Family Engagement in Early Childhood Programs by: Jamilah R. Jor’dan, Kathy Goetz Wolf, and Anne Douglass 2012
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