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