Performance Improvement 2013-2014. What is Known About Common Practices in Positive Family-Provider Relationships and the Associations between These Practices and Family, Child, and Provider Outcomes?


In June 2010, the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), in collaboration with the Office of Head Start and the Office of Child Care, sponsored the Family-Sensitive Caregiving and Family Engagement Working Meeting: Identifying and Measuring Common Core Elements. In preparation for this meeting, the Child Care and Early Education Policy and Research Analysis and Technical Expertise Project conducted a multi-disciplinary literature review to explore the current research and knowledge around family-sensitive care and family engagement applicable to early care and education settings.

The review identified common relational practices of providers, and disaggregated them into three components: attitudes, knowledge, and behavior. Attitudes were defined as providers' feelings towards/perceptions of the children/families they serve. Knowledge refered to a provider's knowledge about him/herself in addition to knowledge about the family's culture, values, language, and circumstances; the community in which the family lives; and conceptual or theoretical knowledge about family development, family systems, or family support principles. Behavior included those that reflect both relational and goal-oriented practices. In addition, the review found that these practices were associated with positive child, family, and provider outcomes.

Report Title: Family-Provider Relationships: A Multidisciplinary Review of High Quality Practices and Associations with Family, Child, and Provider Outcomes,
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Nancy Margie, 202-401-5522
Performer: Child Trends
Record ID: 9791 (October 15, 2011)

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