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In a “From Principles to Practice” Learning Brief, entitled “Building a Family Engagement Culture,” the authors addressed two questions:
- What does authentic family engagement look like? and
- How can we “engage diverse families in responsive and culturally relevant ways”?
In order to answer these questions, local advocates in L.A. County “developed a shared definition of family engagement” and outlined five guiding principles to “build upon the work of national advocates and stress the need to embed practices across the systems and settings that serve families with young children.”
The five guiding principles are as follows:
- Foster mutual respect, trusting relationships, and shared responsibility and leadership;
- Engaging families where they are;
- Respect, value, and be responsive to cultural and linguistic assets;
- Support strong social networks and connections; and
- Foster an integrated and family-centered systems approach.
Learn more about family engagement and the guiding principles by reading the article here. Then leave us your thoughts in the comments below.
This resource is related to one or more competencies in the ICC-Recommended Early Start Personnel Manual (ESPM). To find out more, visit this resource in the Neighborhood here.