Full, Equal, and Equitable Partnerships with Families: Connecticut’s Definition and Framework for Family Engagement

Publication date: 
September, 2018

The Early Childhood Funder Collaborative (ECFC), a project of CCP, is pleased to share its new paper, Full, Equal, and Equitable Partnerships with Families: Connecticut’s Definition and Framework for Family Engagement. The paper is a collaborative effort with the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), Connecticut Office of Early Childhood, and ECFC.

The purpose of Connecticut’s common definition and framework of family engagement is to encourage shared understanding and collaboration, making it easy for all parties – educators, providers, partners, and families – to understand what is expected of them and what effective practice looks like. The hope is that this will lead to a robust culture of partnership between families and professionals throughout all education and human service programs.

The paper, which helps to facilitate the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2016, presents the family engagement definitions, guiding principles, and recommendations for capacity-building. Also included are comparative charts with examples of evidence-based high-impact strategies for engaging families with children in early childhood programs, elementary schools, after school programs, and middle and high schools.