Performance Improvement 2013-2014. What are the Common Elements of Family Engagement and Family-Sensitive Caregiving in Early Care and Education Settings?


High quality family-provider relationships are hypothesized to affect both child and family outcomes. However, there are multiple perspectives on family-provider relationships, each one unique in its emphasis, conceptual model, and targeted outcomes.

This study examined three elements of family engagement/family sensitive caregiving: bi-directional communication, responsiveness and gathering and using knowledge about families in offering services. Two overarching elements were also identified – offering a welcoming/inviting environment and cultural competence in interactions with families. Though these five elements were preliminary and require further testing before measure development is warranted, they serve as an empirically-driven starting point for identifying core components of high quality family-provider relationships that cut-across diverse conceptual models.

Report Title: Family Engagement and Family-Sensitive Caregiving: Identifying Common Core Elements and Issues Related to Measurement,
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Ivelisse Martinez-Beck, 202-690-7885
Performer: Child Trends
Record ID: 9810 (October 15, 2011)

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