It is essential that families are fully engaged in the lives of their children including helping their children become ready for school. Below are several examples of best practices in establishing family engagement in your program.
- Conduct an assessment of your family engagement plan. Review the level of family engagement that currently exists in your program. Determine how your program is set up to involve parents. Ask yourself:
- How are families encouraged to participate?
- How do you assess the strengths and needs of the children and families?
- Do you have established partnerships in your community to meet all of the needs of the children and families?
- How do you communicate with parents to show them that they are their child’s first and most important teacher?
- Implement the Parent, Family and Community Engagement (PFCE) Framework. The PFCE Framework is a roadmap to ensure that family engagement is integrated in all systems across your program. The foundations of the framework (program leadership, continuous program improvement, and professional development) are the building blocks to establish a strong level of family engagement throughout your program. Strategies to create family engagement are centered on 4 impact areas – program environment, family partnerships, teaching & learning, and community partnerships. The framework presents 7 parent and family outcomes that represent the goals for engagement with parents, families and the community.
- Support the home-school connection. The relationship between teachers and parents is critical in creating a foundation of school success. Regular communication between parents and teachers can build support and strengthen the important work that teachers do in the classroom. This frequent communication will allow teachers to:
- gain a better understanding of the background and experiences of the child,
- provide parents with information on how their child is progressing in school, and
- provide parents with ways to continue the learning at home.
Model activities that parents can do at home with their child – such as talking with their child during daily routines, reading to their child and providing opportunities for their child to draw and print – just to name a few.
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