Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Family engagement in the U.S.

Lisa Haven goes through the `Draft Policy Statement on Family Engagement from the Early Years to the Early Grades` first brought to people`s attention by Infowars:


"The purpose of this policy statement is to provide recommendations from the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education (ED) on systematically engaging families in their childrens development, learning, and wellness, across early childhood and elementary education settings."

Family Engagement

"We refer to `family engagement` as the systematic inclusion of families as partners in childrens development, learning, and wellness."

"Engagement is enabled by positive relationships between families and staff in the institutions where children learn. The goal of family engagement is to support family wellness and childrens learning and development."

"The term `family` is used to include all the people who play a role in a childs life and interact with a childs early childhood program or school. This may include fathers, mothers, grandparents, foster parents, formal and informal guardians, and siblings, among others."

"Page ten discusses hiring a family specialist to aid the family:"
"They may include hiring a family engagement specialist, or designating an existing staff member, to be responsible for ensuring that systemic family engagement plans are well managed, executed, and continuously improved. This individual could facilitate technical assistance and staff professional development, coordinate family support services, including supports for parenting, and refer families to social services as needed."

That is the same role as the Named Person in Scotland. 

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