August 2023 Newsletter – Family Engagement Strategies: Goals of Family Engagement

Goals of Family Engagement

Strong family engagement is critical for healthy social-emotional development, helping children prepare for the transition to school and future academic success. The Office of Early Childhood Development tells us:

“Families are children’s first, longest lasting, and most important teachers, advocates, and nurturers. Positive parenting and strong family engagement is central– not supplemental– to promoting children’s healthy development and wellness… Families’ engagement in children’s learning at home and in early care and education programs can impact lifelong health, developmental and academic outcomes.”

The Maryland Early Childhood Family Engagement Framework outlines seven goals of family engagement. According to the framework, family engagement initiatives should:

  1. Promote family well-being: helping families create healthy, safe, and secure environments.
  2. Promote positive parent–child relationships: helping families build nurturing relationships with their children.
  3. Support families as lifelong educators of their children: empowering families in their efforts to educate their children.
  4. Support the educational aspirations of parents and families: helping families meet their own educational goals to better support their children.
  5. Support families through the care and education transitions of early childhood: supporting families navigate transitions to new classrooms, programs, and school settings.
  6. Connect families to their peers and to the community: helping families make connections to professional and personal support and resources.
  7. Support the development of families as leaders and child advocates: giving families the tools they need to speak for themselves in multiple environments.

Take some time over the next few weeks to reflect on your program’s family engagement efforts. Identify the things that the program does well and the areas that could be strengthened in the coming school year.


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August 2023 Newsletter – Family Engagement Strategies

Family Engagement Strategies

As teachers prepare for the upcoming school year, classrooms will be rearranged, materials will be restocked, and the space will be made ready for a new group of children. Teachers will make plans for the first weeks of school and organize their assessment materials to learn about their new students. Each of these tasks will be completed with reflection and intention, as teachers have been trained to do!

In this month’s newsletter, we will explore ways that teachers can bring both reflection and intentionality to their interactions with families. The goal of these interactions should be to increase the level of family engagement, which has been shown to have a positive influence on child outcomes in many studies.

According to Mallary Swartz, Former Director of Family Engagement Research at Start Early,

“Family engagement is about seeing families as an inextricable part of their child’s early childhood education and treating them as partners and experts in their child’s learning and wellbeing. Years of research show that engaging families goes far beyond raising test scores – it is about preparing children and families for success in life.”

Continue reading to learn how programs can create environments that support high levels of family engagement.


For the article Goals of Family Engagement, CLICK HERE

For the article Engaging with Diverse Families, CLICK HERE

For the article Family Engagement in the Classroom, CLICK HERE

For the article Program Strategies for Family Engagement, CLICK HERE

ChildCare Education Institute Launches ADM118: Creating an Operational Budget for a Child Care Center

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), one of the largest online training providers dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, is pleased to introduce its newest course, ADM118: Creating an Operational Budget for a Child Care Center.

There are thousands of outstanding child care centers in the United States. Many of them are financially healthy, and some are highly profitable. However, achieving and maintaining financial stability can be a challenge for child care providers.

Center directors, along with owners or board members, are often forced to make difficult choices as the desire to meet specific objectives competes with financial realities. Therefore, before creating a budget, all stakeholders in the center need to identify priorities related to the center′s philosophy, goals around quality, curriculum, and other services. These should drive the budget, not the other way around.

“This course will provide owners and administrators a good sense of why budgets are important, the kinds of expenses child care programs need to cover, and the sources of revenue upon which centers rely for covering costs and for some making a profit,” says Leslie Coleman, Education Director for CCEI.  “There are many things to consider, and it is vital to work with a team to ensure budget decisions do not impact the program′s mission.”

This course defines the purpose of a budget, discusses key aspects of fiscal responsibility, and the process of developing an operating budget. Participants will learn about the types of expenses that are common in child care programs, as well as strategies for increasing revenue and setting budget priorities. This course also provides tips and advice on building a budget team and practical tools, including a budget worksheet and formulas for estimating various budget items.

ADM118: Creating an Operational Budget for a Child Care Center is a three-hour, beginner-level course and grants 0.3 IACET CEU upon successful completion.  Current CCEI users with active, unlimited annual subscriptions can register for professional development courses at no additional cost when logged in to their CCEI account. Users without subscriptions can purchase child care training courses as block hours through CCEI online enrollment.

For more information on these courses, as well as CCEI’s entire catalog of 200+ offerings, click here or call 1.800.499.9907, prompt 3, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. EDT

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ChildCare Education Institute® provides high-quality, distance education certificates and child care training programs in an array of child care settings, including preschool centers, family child care, prekindergarten classrooms, nanny care, online daycare training and more. Over 200+ English and Spanish child care training courses are available online to meet licensing, recognition program, and Head Start Requirements. CCEI also has online certification programs that provide the coursework requirement for national credentials including the CDA, Director and Early Childhood Credentials. CCEI, a Council for Professional Recognition approved training partner, is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and as an IACET Accredited Provider, offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard. Visit for more information.