“Partnership with Families” describes efforts of parents and other family members to promote their children’s healthy development and learning through activities that can be encouraged by educators in child care, preschool and school settings (Smith, Robbins, Stagman and Mathur, 2013). For the purpose of this definition, Partnership with Families includes parents or other family members participating on IFSP or IEP teams as active decision-makers but does not include participation on committees, volunteering in the classroom, workgroups, etc.
MN Help Me Grow
Minnesota’s Help Me Grow initiative provides information and resources that will help parents, professionals, and community members identify children who may be experiencing delays in their development. The Help Me Grow site is a go-to resource, equipping those who interact with young children (birth to kindergarten) to better understand and monitor each child’s development.
Minnesota Department of Education
The Family Outcomes Survey (Part C Version) is given to families of infants or toddlers with disabilities by their primary service provider. The survey is given to all children who have been served by Part C for six months or more, as the child turns age three or is exiting Part C for any reason. These documents help families understand why data is being collected and how the information will be used.
This document is a summary of rights to share with families.
Learn about building trusting family-professional partnerships when working with families of young children.
Developed in partnership with Head Start, this framework is a vital tool for early childhood education and care providers seeking to build effective engagement strategies. While the framework is intended for Head Start and Early Head Start programs, its lessons are useful and applicable to a much broader audience of early childhood programs.
Designed to help teachers build positive relationships with families, this Module highlights the diversity of families and addresses the factors that school personnel should understand about working with the families of children with disabilities.
The Family Engagement Inventory (FEI) is designed to assist professionals in child welfare, behavioral health, early education, education, and juvenile justice to learn how family engagement is defined and implemented across these fields of practice.
Based in existing research and best practices, the Framework is designed to act as a scaffold for the development of family engagement strategies, policies, and program initiatives designed to build capacity among educators and families to partner with one another around student success.
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