(2015, September) | Useful to the many early childhood stakeholders who serve young children and their families, including Parent Centers.
Early care and education teachers and providers play a central role in partnering with families on their children’s learning and development. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has produced three resources that can inform early childhood programs, networks, and States in their work to partner with and support families with young children using evidence-informed approaches. Early care and education staff can use this guide to identify examples of tools that may be used to measure family engagement outcomes and relationships with families.
The Compendium profiles parenting interventions for families of children birth to age five that are research-based. Parenting interventions refer to a structured set of activities that engage parents directly in ways that will influence one or more of the following parenting behaviors:
- Nurturing (warmth, responsiveness, and sensitivity)
- Discipline (handling of child behaviors considered inappropriate)
- Teaching (conveying information or skills)
- Language use (conversations)
- Monitoring (watchfulness)
- Management (scheduling, routines)
The Compendium includes information cost, training requirements, duration, and intended outcomes of each intervention. The document also reviews the research base for each intervention in a clear and simple way.
Read and/or download the Compendium of Parenting Interventions
(PDF, 2.9 MB)
Also available, as companions to the Compendium, are:
Implementing Parenting Interventions in Early Care and Education Settings: A Guidebook for Implementation (PDF, 3.3 MB) | This guidebook describes the steps and best practices for successfully selecting and implementing a parenting intervention. The purpose of the guidebook is to provide you, as program, state, and network leaders, an easy-to-use tool for implementing a parenting intervention.
Tracking Progress in Early Care and Education: Program, Staff, and Family Measurement Tools (PDF, 792 kb) | This is a compilation of 15 high-quality tools that you can use to track family progress toward their goals and the efforts of early care and education staff to help families advance toward those goals. Some are surveys while others are conducted by observation or interview.
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