Family Engagement

The Family Engagement Committee’s purpose is to infuse our community with transformational family engagement, where parents are full partners with early learning professionals in co-creating the best learning environments for their children. Unlike traditional parent engagement that flows in one direction – from professionals to parents – transformational engagement respects and depends upon the knowledge and expertise that parents bring to relationships.

Building on the Kellogg Foundation’s framework for Transformational Family Engagement, The Alliance developed a pilot project in the Stop 6 community of Fort Worth to prove the effectiveness of this approach.  350 parents and 35 organizations were trained in leadership and partnership formation. 

This year, ELA will launch family forums to incorporate family voices into our work.  In 2017, the Alliance identified the following strategies for increased family engagement.

Strategy A: Infant and Toddler Developmental Screening Tool

Identify an approach, or approaches, for families and programs to use/coordinate on a common Developmental Screening Tool for children aged 0-4

Strategy B: Family Forums

Create/align local parent groups to bring families voices forward

Strategy C: Improve Organizational Processes for Family Engagement

Members will develop organizational processes to provide better family engagement and community coordination

Family Engagement Committee


  • Loretta Burns, AB Christian Learning Center
  • Julie Miers, FWISD Parents as Teachers
  • Suzanne Stevenson, The Parenting Center


  • Maribel Arambula, Child Care Associates, Head Start
  • Ximena Bauer, Rainwater Charitable Foundation
  • Michelle Buckley, ELA Coordinator
  • Victoria Capik, Fort Worth Library
  • Juan Daniel Garcia, FWISD Parents as Teachers
  • Michelle Lee, Fort Worth Library
  • Laura Kender, ECI, MHMR of Tarrant County
  • Terri Kilman, Child Care Management Services of Tarrant County
  • Debra Lindsey, ECI, MHMR of Tarrant County
  • Karen  Miller, Nurse Family Partnership, Tarrant County Public Health
  • Jennifer Perez, FWISD Family Communications
  • Misty  Wilder, Healthy Start, UNT Health Science Center