- 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.
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.
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.