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Family Engagement

Building a Comprehensive State Policy Strategy to Prevent Expulsion from Early Learning Settings

Building a Comprehensive State Policy Strategy to Prevent Expulsion from Early Learning Settings provides a review of expulsion research, discusses dimensions of expulsion, and provides the Expulsion Policy Strategy Tool—a practical tool designed to support states and territories in designing and implementing a multifaceted policy approach to developing a continuum of supports for programs, families, and children. 

Building Agency Capacity for Family Involvement in Child Welfare

This action brief, the first in the Systems of Care Family Involvement Series, addresses capacity building at the child welfare agency level and describes strategies for preparing an agency and its staff to engage families effectively.

Talking Early Child Development and Exploring the Consequences of Frame Choices

This memo reports on research findings regarding how the public views early childhood issues and school readiness policies. It describes the implications of current public opinion and explores whether the frames currently in use by advocates, legislators, policy experts, and scientists are the most successful in building support and momentum for early childhood programs and policies.

Building Family Capacity For Family Involvement in Child Welfare

This brief describes steps and strategies that child welfare agencies can use to engage and support family members and build their capacity for meaningful family involvement. In the evaluation of the Systems of Care initiative, one guiding principle—child, youth, and family involvement—was found to have an especially transformative effect on child welfare agencies.

Family Involvement in Early Childhood Education

This brief synthesizes the latest research that demonstrates how family involvement contributes to young children's learning and development. The brief summarizes the latest evidence base on effective involvement; specifically, studies that link family involvement in early childhood to outcomes, and programs that have been evaluated to show what works.

Data Collection Instruments for Evaluating Family Involvement

The Harvard Family Research Project developed this report as part of its ongoing effort to help practitioners and researchers collect and use data for continuous improvement. It provides stakeholders with some commonly used and standardized data collection instruments on family involvement, and can help stakeholders learn about and choose rigorous family involvement instruments to assess impact and ensure quality.