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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 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...

This flyer was distributed at STAM 2018 as a general resource.

The Child Care State Capacity Building Center (SCBC) Infant/Toddler Specialist Network hosted a series of 1-hour Hot Topic Webinars on the 3rd Wednesday of each month beginning on March 21 and running through September 19, 2018.

In these guides created for early childhood professionals, explore digital tools designed to encourage parents to talk with their infants and children. Share these tools with parents, along with tips and information about talking with their young children.

The sixth in the State Capacity Building Center Infant/Toddler Specialist Network's 2018 Hot Topic series, this webinar features resources and practices to support infants, toddlers, families, and teachers during times of national disasters.

 

Early childhood professionals need to engage families in positive, goal-oriented relationships. The Relationship-Based Competencies (RBCs) to Support Family Engagement Series upholds that goal.

This checklist indicates the 12 consumer education components that states and territories are required to offer on their consumer education websites, and provides a fillable work area to assist states and territories with planning and tracking their progress.

This infographic depicts the 12 consumer education components that states and territories are required to offer on their consumer education websites, and makes recommendations on other state- or territory-level information that may be considered for inclusion.

The research-based Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (PFCE) Framework for Early Childhood Systems is a research-based guide. PFCE explores the relationships between parents and early childhood providers.