Research and experience demonstrate that parents engaged in their children’s education result in better academic, social, and health outcomes for children and their families.
Engaging parents in early childhood collaborations is no exception. Equally important, early childhood systems that engage, listen to, and act on parent input are best positioned to address early childhood system problems. Parent engagement in community systems and policy work leads to early childhood programs and systems that work for all children and their families.
Community Systems Statewide Supports (CS3) at Illinois Action for Children (IAFC) created A Handbook for Community Engagement: Engaging Parents in Early Childhood Collaborations
, and a parent engagement online course in response to early childhood collaborations identifying this as an area where they need additional support. This is only a starting point; there are many more resources out there whose usefulness will depend on where you, your collaboration, and your community are in this journey.
You will find the following resources to support parent engagement in the context of community systems development:
- The CS3 definition of parent engagement
- Parent engagement videos
- CS3 parent engagement theory of change
- CS3 parent engagement supports
- Additional parent engagement resources organized by type
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