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Family Engagement and Consumer Education

Parents are their children’s most important teachers and advocates. Child care programs can serve as trusted sources of information for parents on child development and community supports and services. The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 stipulates that States should be encouraged to provide consumer information to “promote involvement by parents and family members in the development of their children in child care settings.” The following resources provide information about the requirements of the new law and strategies for effectively informing and involving child care consumers.

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Child care subsidies are a critical component of Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships (EHS-CC Partnerships.) Programs must ensure that at least 25 percent of enrolled families use subsidies. Assisting families to access and maintain subsidies is the focus of this brief.

The Foundations for Quality series is a collection of resources designed to support states, territories, and tribes and others responsible for consumer education and engagement in developing and implementing effective, family-friendly consumer education and engagement strategies.

The National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement, in collaboration with the EarlyEdU Alliance®, has developed the Family Engagement in Early Care and...

Use this research-based resource to support early childhood state systems-building efforts to advance family engagement.

Explore this brief to learn about a set of resources designed to help build knowledge and strengthen practices for implementing family engagement. They may be used to support professional development for early childhood and school-age care and education professionals.

Explore this resource to learn more about how to use social media to partner with families to support their children’s learning and development.

State, Territory, and Tribal child care administrators and others may use this resource to support consumer education and family engagement.

Having access to safe and affordable child care is a critical issue for parents and other caregivers. Families face numerous decisions when balancing their work and home life, especially when it comes to choosing the type of care they will use.

Child care provides an opportunity to have an impact on the lives of children and their families. Starting and operating a child care business is both a personal and a business decision.

The information in this resource guide is designed to help identify the education, training, and experience needed need to qualify for a teaching or administrative role in a child care center or to operate a family child care (FCC) program. Information is also included to help locate training...

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