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, http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/cc/childcare_technical/reports/family_provider_multi.pdf
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)