Module 1 provides a content-rich overview of family engagement. In this module, you will learn what family engagement is, why it matters, and the strategies you can use to engage with families.
- Unit 1: The What and Why of Family Engagement
This interactive online learning experience covers what family engagement is and why it matters. Estimated time to complete: 1 professional development clock hour.
- Unit 2: Practice: Building Relationships with Families
This 5-7 minute interactive simulation previews the experiences that will be available in each module via simulation to practice and enhance family engagement skills.
- Unit 3: The How of Family Engagement
This interactive online learning experience introduces you to the strategies for building relationships with families that lead to effective engagement. Estimated time to complete: 0.5 professional development clock hour.
- Companion Resources
Available through CECO or from the list below.
- Learning Extension Guide
This guide provides additional activities you can use to extend your learning about the what, why, and how of family engagement. You can complete the activities by yourself, with a partner, or with a group.
Visit the Family Engagement Toolkit landing page to learn more about earning professional development clock hours through California Early Childhood Online (CECO) and the ECE Workforce Registry.
Resources to Extend Learning
Professional development clock hours are not available for extended learning resources or simulations listed below. To receive professional development clock hours for these activities, click on the “Sign In and Start Module 1” button above and complete the toolkit units via CECO.
The What and Why of Family Engagement Document
Download this resource to learn more about what family engagement is and why it matters, and identify what is needed for successful family engagement (4 pages).
Encouraging Strong Parent-Child Relationships Document
Learn more about the role you play in encouraging strong parent-child relationships and the benefits for young children (3 pages).
Strategies for Building Relationships with Families Document
This resource will help you dive deeper into the strategies and tools you can use to build relationships with families (7 pages).
Practice: Building Relationships with Families Simulation Simulation
This 5-7 minute interactive simulation previews the experiences that will be available in each module via simulation to practice and enhance family engagement skills. Simulations are used throughout the toolkit to provide opportunities to build skills and practice engaging with families. You can earn professional development clock hours by completing it on CECO.
Learn more about the available versions.
Learning Extension Guide Document
This guide provides additional activities you can use to extend your learning about what family engagement is, why it matters, and how you can engage with families in your settings. It includes activities you can complete by yourself, with a partner, or with a group.
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