Exploring the Language of Family Engagement

Before we can begin to apply the core competencies of family engagement, we must create a shared understanding of the language that describes engagement and involvement. From this lens, we will differentiate between language and phrases that are all too often used interchangeably:

Pause to Reflect!

Discuss the following questions.

  1. Contact an early childhood center or local school.
  2. Conduct an inventory of parent involvement, family engagement, and family learning strategies and events that are facilitated there.
  3. Is the early childhood center or local school using “parent involvement”, “family engagement”, and “family learning” as interchangeable words?
  4. Categorize the strategies and events into “parent involvement”, “family engagement”, and “family learning”.


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