On December 14, 2015, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education released a draft policy statement on family engagement. The purpose of this policy statement is to provide recommendations from the Departments on systematically engaging families in their children’s development, learning, and wellness, across early childhood and elementary education settings.
The request for public comments on the proposed statement to inform the final document has been extended to COB January 4, 2016. Please comment on the draft statement by emailing ECD@acf.hhs.gov.
Quick Summary of the Draft Policy Statement
The Departments’ draft policy states that all early childhood programs and schools should recognize families as equal partners in improving children’s development, learning, and wellness across all settings, and over the course of their children’s developmental and educational experiences. This joint HHS-ED statement aims to advance this goal by:
- Reviewing the research base that supports effective family engagement in children’s learning, development, and wellness;
- Identifying core principles of effective family engagement practices from HHS’ and ED’s frameworks to drive successful policy and program development;
- Providing recommendations to States, LEAs, schools, and community-based early childhood programs to implement effective family engagement; and
- Highlighting resources for States, LEAs, schools, and early childhood programs to build capacity to effectively partner with families.