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    Weldon Hafley Development Center Family Engagement Plan 2017-2018 

    As defined by the state:

    Family- -Adults responsible for the child's care and children in the child's life who support the early learning and development of the child

    Family engagement--The mutual responsibility of families, schools, and communities to build relationships to support student learning and achievement and to support family well-being and the continuous learning and development of children, families, and educators. Family engagement is fully integrated in the child's educational experience and supports the whole child and is both culturally responsive and linguistically appropriate.

    FEP will:

    using strategies such as:

    by:

     (A) facilitate family-to-family support:

    (i)  creating a safe and respectful environment where families can learn from each other as individuals and in groups;

     

    (ii)  inviting former program participants, including families and community volunteers, to share their education and career experiences with current families; and

     

    (iii)  ensuring opportunities for continuous participation in events designed for families by families such as training on family leadership;

    Parent Resource Room

     

    Visits from Community Volunteers

     

    PreK Parent Group

    (B)establish a network of community resources:

    (i)  building strategic partnerships;

     

    (ii)  leveraging community resources;

     

    (iii)  monitoring and evaluating policies and practices to

    stimulate innovation and create learning pathways;

     

    (iv)  establishing and maintaining partnerships with businesses, faith-based organizations, and community agencies;

     

    (v)  identifying support from various agencies, including mental and physical health providers;

     

    (vi)  partnering with local community-based organizations to create a family-friendly transition plan for students arriving from early childhood settings;

     

    (vii)  providing and facilitating referrals to family support or educational groups based on family interests and needs;

     

    (viii)  communicating short- and long-term program goals to all stakeholders; and

     

    (ix)  identifying partners to provide translators and culturally relevant resources reflective of home language;

    Family Needs Assessment

     

    Community Fair

     

    Day Care Tour

     

    Community Link

     

    Eagles View

     

    ECI of Tarrant County

     

    Fort Worth Library

     

    Saginaw Library

     

    Adult Ed. Office

     

    MHMR of Tarrant County

     

    JPS School Based Clinic

     

    Cooks Children’s

     

     

    (C)  increase family participation in decision making :

    (i)  developing and supporting a family advisory council;

     

    (ii)  developing, adopting, and implementing identified goals within the annual campus/school improvement plan targeting family engagement;

     

    (iii)  developing and supporting leadership skills for family members and providing opportunities for families to advocate for their children/families;

     

    (iv)  collaborating with families to develop strategies to solve problems and serve as problem solvers;

     

    (v)  engaging families in shaping program activities and cultivating the expectation that information must flow in both directions to reflect two-way communication;

     

    (vi)  developing, in collaboration with families, clearly defined goals, outcomes, timelines, and strategies for assessing progress;

     

    (vii)  providing each family with an opportunity to review and provide input on program practices, policies, communications, and events in order to ensure the program is responsive to the needs of families; and

     

    (viii)  using appropriate tools such as surveys or focus groups to gather family feedback on the family engagement plan;

    Family Advisory Council             

     

    Campus Improvement Plan

     

    Family Needs Survey

     

    Parent conferences

     

    Home/Family Visits

     

    Curriculum Night

     

     

    (D)  equip families with tools to enhance and extend learning:

    (i)  designing or implementing existing home educational resources to support learning at home while strengthening the family/school partnership;

     

    (ii)  providing families with information and/or training on creating a home learning environment connected to formal learning opportunities;

     

    (iii)  equipping families with resources and skills to support their children through the transition to school and offering opportunities for families and children to visit the school in advance of the prekindergarten school year;

     

    (iv)  providing complementary home learning activities for families to engage in at home with children through information presented in newsletters, online technology, social media, parent/family-teacher conferences, or other school- or center-related events;

     

    (v)  providing families with information, best practices, and training related to age-appropriate developmental expectations;

     

    (vi)  emphasizing benefits of positive family practices such as attachment and nurturing that complement the stages of children's development;

     

    (vii)  collaborating with families to appropriately respond to children's behavior in a non-punitive, positive, and supportive way;

     

    (viii)  encouraging families to reflect on family experiences and practices in helping children; and

     

    (ix)  assisting families to implement best practices that will help achieve the goals and objectives identified to meet the needs of the child and family;

    Parent Resource Room

     

    Parent Engagement Page

     

    CLI Engage Parent Resources

     

    Meet the Teacher

     

    Parent Workshops

     

    Parenting Academies:

    ·         Love and Logic

     

    Kindergarten Visits

     

    Newsletters

     

    Family Nights

     

     

     

     

     

     

    (E)  develop staff skills in evidence-based practices that support families in meeting their children's learning benchmarks ,

    i)  providing essential professional development for educators in understanding communication and engagement with families, including training on communicating with families in crisis;

     

    (ii)  promoting and developing family engagement as a core strategy to improve teaching and learning among all educators and staff; and

     

    (iii)  developing staff skills to support and use culturally diverse, culturally relevant, and culturally responsive family engagement strategies; and

    Professional Development

     

     

    Love and Logic for Educators

     

    CLI Engage

     

    TRS Conference

     

    PreK Teacher Academy

     

    (F)  evaluate family engagement efforts and use evaluations for continuous improvement:

    (i)  conducting goal-oriented home visits to identify strengths, interests, and needs;

     

    (ii)  developing data collection systems to monitor family engagement and focusing on engagement of families from specific populations to narrow the achievement gap;

     

    (iii)  using data to ensure alignment between family engagement activities and district/school teaching and learning goals and to promote continuous family engagement;

     

    (iv)  ensuring an evaluation plan is an initial component that guides action;

     

    (v)  using a cyclical process to ensure evaluation results are used for continuous improvement and adjustment; and

     

    (vi)  ensuring teachers play a role in the family engagement evaluation process.

     

     

    Data of number of participants in FEP programs.

     

    Data on the use of Parent Resource room.

     

    BOY and EOY Survey by Panaroma

     

     

    Home Visit

     

    Data shared with all stakeholders to get feedback and create plans for continuous improvement.

     

    Teacher Survey