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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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Having access to safe and affordable child care is a critical issue for parents and other caregivers. Families face numerous decisions when balancing their work and home life, especially when it comes to choosing the type of care they will use.

This tip sheet is designed to help states and territories leverage child care consumer education websites to communicate critical information to families, providers, and the general public during times of emergencies and disasters...

NCASE is pleased to share a new research brief that builds on existing guid­ance about supporting children and fami­lies during the transition to kindergarten by broadening the way parents and stakehold­ers think about this transition to include school-age programs.

Trabajar con los padres para acceder y mantener los subsidios de cuidado infantil es importante para el éxito de los programas de Asociación EHS-CC.

This resource answers common state and territory questions about how to promote your consumer education website by using social media to enhance your web presence and creating a brand to set your consumer...

CCDF Lead Agencies, subsidy staff, their supervisors, and others responsible for training subsidy staff can use Promoting Informed Child Care Choices: A Training Guide for Child Care Subsidy Staff as a tool for professional development.

The transition to kindergarten is a big event in the life of a child—and for the child’s parents and caregivers as well. This tipsheet from the National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment is designed to support parents and caregivers in thinking ahead about transition planning for their...

This resource provides consistent terminology for translating child care materials from English into Spanish. In some cases, several terms are included in the same entry to accommodate regional differences in usage.

Effective outreach promotes families' awareness of, access to, and use of early childhood care and education and comprehensive services. States, territories, tribes, and their partners can use this resource to enhance outreach to families experiencing homelessness.