1st Edition

Effective Family Engagement Policies A Guide for Early Childhood Administrators

By Teresa S. McKay Copyright 2022
    148 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    148 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Aligned with the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s Principles of Effective Family Engagement, this book helps early childhood administrators create effective family engagement policies that work. For each of the six key principles, this accessible guide walks leaders through the process of creating effective policy to engage families in their program. Filled with workable documents and templates to thoroughly scaffold the entire process, administrators will finish the work ready to implement the policies created, or build a plan tailored to their specific program. Designed for schools discouraged by the lack of engagement with all families, this book helps leaders strengthen the bond among home, school, and community.

    1. Building the Foundation for Family Engagement Policy  2. Supporting the Foundation: The Principles of Family Engagement  3. Building a Comprehensive System for Family Engagement  4. Beginning with the End in Mind: Vision and Mission Statements  5. It All Starts with Relationships  6. Effective Communication Practices and Strategies  7. Extending Learning in the Home and Community  8. Decision Making and Goal Setting with Families  9. Decision Making and Goal Setting in the Program  10. Introducing and Implementing New Policies


    Teresa S. McKay is Adjunct Faculty for Rasmussen University and University of Arizona Global Campus, and full-time Early Childhood Education Instructor at Penn Foster College, USA. Dr. McKay has owned and operated her own training and consulting business, Hands On Learning Early Childhood, since 1995.

    "Developing effective family engagement policies and practices is one of the most challenging, yet critical, components of establishing a strong early education program and Dr. McKay’s guide makes it completely attainable.  This guide ties together the foundational standards from the field and creates actionable items and thought-provoking questions to dig deep into your program’s mission and goals.  Throughout this guide you will be able to design and construct a total system for collaborative family engagement, which can be realized with almost any early childhood education program."

    Mary Muhs, Department Chair, ECE and Human Services, Rasmussen University, USA