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Family Engagement and Consumer Education

Parents are their children’s most important teachers and advocates. Child care programs can serve as trusted sources of information for parents on child development and community supports and services. The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 stipulates that States should be encouraged to provide consumer information to “promote involvement by parents and family members in the development of their children in child care settings.” The following resources provide information about the requirements of the new law and strategies for effectively informing and involving child care consumers.

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Tener acceso a cuidado infantil seguro y económico es algo criticó para los padres y otros cuidadores. Las familias enfrentan numerosas decisiones cuando están balanceando el trabajo y la vida familiar, especialmente cuando se trata de escoger el tipo de cuidado que se va usar.

This resource list can help Tribal CCDF grantees implement the components of CCDF consumer education requirements.

Watch this webinar to learn more about Promoting Informed Child Care Choices: A Training Guide for Child Care Subsidy Staff.

Consumer education and engagement drive quality when informed, equipped, and engaged families influence and improve early childhood (EC) and school-age care and education systems and settings.

Watch this brief overview of the relationship-based competencies, or the RBCs, to learn more about the knowledge, skills, and individual practices that early childhood professionals-in every role-need to engage and...

Watch this brief overview of the Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework for Early Childhood Systems and related resources for Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Lead agencies, their disseminating networks, state administrators,...

The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) regulations require States, Territories, and Tribes to explain in their CCDF plans how they will provide outreach (i.e., increase awareness of available services) and promote the use of services among eligible families including those with limited...

Child care provides an opportunity to have an impact on the lives of children and their families. Starting and operating a child care business is both a personal and a business decision.

NCASE has developed a number of resources focused on promoting school-age children’s learning and development in the summer months. This publication is part of a series compiling NCASE resources on a particular theme.