Family and Community Engagement: Promising Practices Spotlight Series

Agencies are often looking for new and exemplary program models that serve families in early childhood. This Family and Community Engagement: Promising Practices Spotlight Series illuminates some of the successful ways early childhood programs are connecting with families and communities through high-quality engagement initiatives. Read on, as we highlight innovative family and community initiatives occurring in:

  • Child care resource and referral agencies (CCR&Rs)
  • Child care and early education programs
  • State and local early care and education systems

Have a successful story to share? Email us a brief, 200 words or less, summary of your agency’s outstanding family engagement program and it might be featured in one of our upcoming Family and Community Engagement: Promising Practices Spotlights.

Spotlight #1: Apoyando Familias, Aprendiendo Juntos (Supporting Families, Learning Together)

Our first spotlight is developed in partnership with Supporting Families Together Association, a statewide child care resource and referral agency in Wisconsin. This story begins in 2008, with Romilia Schlueter—a respected leader in the Dane County, Wisconsin Latina/o community, with decades of experience in the family support and early childhood fields. The center had a long list of Spanish-speaking families waiting to be accepted into their early childhood home visitation program. Seeing an opportunity to help meet that need, Romilia came up with the idea of delivering early childhood information to families and caregivers via a weekly Spanish-language radio program. Read the full story below.

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Spotlight #2: Bright by Text

Bright by Three is a Colorado-based organization that equips families with tools to promote their child’s healthy development through the most pivotal stages of growth during the earliest years of life. The organization partners with pediatricians, researchers and other child development experts to design program materials in English and Spanish, delivered to families through a visitation program and Bright by Text. Since its launch in 1995, Bright by Three has given early education and support to more than 200,000 families in Colorado. In 2012, the organization decided to look into how they could expand their reach to parents and caregivers not served by the visitation program. Learn More.

 

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Spotlight #3: Early Learning Coalition of Duval County, FL

In February 2017, the Early Learning Coalition of Duval (ELCD) County, Florida joined forces with Jacksonville Journey, a comprehensive community-wide crime prevention initiative. For a decade, Jacksonville Journey has focused on positive youth development, neighborhood safety, truancy, and dropout prevention and intervention. Leaders at ELCD also saw a need within the initiative for early intervention and parent education services, and launched the Family Engagement and Early Literacy Support Program. It strives to help families by fostering strong parent-child relationships and encourage early learning activities in the home.

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Spotlight #4: TALK, READ, PLAY

Talk, Read, Play (TRP) is a unique education campaign that takes complex information about brain development in young children and that turns complex information about brain development in young children into a simple message parents can use to prepare their child for success in school and life: talk, read and play with your child every day. Learn More.

 

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Spotlight #5: Kaleidoscope Play & Learn

Child Care Resource Center (CCRC), serves California’s Northern Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. A few years ago, the agency was searching for an innovative way to provide parents, license-exempt providers, and family, friend and neighbor caregivers with early childhood support, information, and resources. CCRC also wanted a program that would strengthen their relationship with the community, while helping caregivers and families connect with each other. The goal was to promote the optimal development of the children within these often underserved caregiver settings. Learn More.

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Spotlight #6: Florida Office of Early Learning’s Vroom For Families Program

Florida’s Office of Early Learning (OEL) is the state Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) network that works with 30 local Early Learning Coalitions (ELCs) to deliver comprehensive early learning services statewide. A key function of their work is to engage families around the development and well-being of their children.  Florida’s OEL also administers the state’s School Readiness program and the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program. Learn More.

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…More spotlights coming each month!

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