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Q & A With Comienza en Casa: Using Technology to Smooth the Transition to School for Migrant Children and Families

In this Q & A, the developers of Comienza en Casa │“It Starts at Home,” talk about supporting migrant families to ensure their children have smooth transitions to school through the use of real-world and digital activities.

Harvard Family Research Project (March 19, 2015) Research Report

Resources for Promoting Child Development

Celebrate the Week of the Young Child by learning about Head Start’s ongoing commitment to supporting early childhood educators in implementing a comprehensive, two-generation approach to child development and well-being. As Head Start reaches its 50th anniversary, learn about its exemplary resources.

Harvard Family Research Project (April 15, 2015) Research Report

A Human-Centered Approach to Family Engagement

A human-centered design approach – an approach that is based on observation, empathy, optimism, collaboration, and experimentation – opens new possibilities for educators to motivate and sustain family engagement.

Harvard Family Research Project () Research Report

Quilting Stories of Innovation in Family Engagement

A collection of innovative family engagement practices with a link for you to share with us your family engagement story!

Harvard Family Research Project (January 2016) Research Report

Making the Case for Parental Involvement and Engagement: Part I: Parental, Family, School, and Community Partnerships Make a Difference (Workshop)

Engaging families in education holds tremendous potential for boosting children's achievement, but also ranks among educators' greatest challenges. Staff at Harvard Family Research Project paired up with staff at the Institute for Responsive Education at Cambridge College to make the case for family involvement to educators. Research and evaluation findings on the benefits, challenges, and effective strategies in family involvement were reviewed and illustrated with descriptions of established program models and exemplary practices from local schools.

Harvard Family Research Project (May 11, 2005) Conferences and Presentations

New Stories of Innovation in Family Engagement

Find family engagement stories from the field highlighting innovative partnerships.

Harvard Family Research Project (February 2016) Research Report

Reimagining the Parent-Teacher Conference

Starting meaningful conversations before the school year, focusing on student data throughout the school year, leveraging technology, and engaging families outside of school are four new trends we see transforming the traditional parent-teacher conference.

Heather B. Weiss (October 2015) Research Report

Reading Interactive Math Storybooks

Researchers from Teachers College, Columbia University, explore how a relatively new type of book– interactive math storybooks – can help parents appreciate and foster their child’s mathematical thinking.

Herbert Ginsburg, Colleen Uscianowski, Victoria Almeda, Cassie Freeman (May 24, 2016) Research Report

A Model for Statewide Parent Involvement Leadership in Colorado

Tina House of the Colorado Parent Involvement Network for Education discusses a collaborative approach to providing statewide leadership for family engagement.

Tina House (May 2009) Research Report

Parents Write Their Worlds: A Parent Involvement Program Bridging Urban Schools and Families

A participatory research project examines a school-based writing workshop in which parents write stories for a literary magazine that is circulated in the school and community.

Janise Hurtig (May 2004) Research Report

Seamless and Connected—Education in the Digital Age

Through connected learning, says Mizuko Ito, schools, museums, and libraries are employing innovative strategies, leveraging digital media to make learning more relevant and engaging to youth, and linking the crucial spheres in a learner’s life—peers, interests, and academic pursuits.

Mizuko Ito (April 24, 2014) Research Report

Focus on Families! How to Build and Support Family-Centered Practices in After School

This comprehensive, easy-to-read guide to understanding how to engage families in after school programs is a critical resource for after school providers looking to create or expand an existing family engagement program. It offers a research base for why family engagement matters, concrete program strategies for engaging families, case studies of promising family engagement efforts, and an evaluation tool for improving family engagement practices.

Zenub Kakli , Holly Kreider, Priscilla Little, Tania Buck, Maryellen Coffrey (February 2006) Research Report

Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies: Training Child Care Providers to Support Families

Presents a framework of family-centered training.

Holly Kreider , Tracey Hurd, Heather Weiss (1999) Research Report

Getting Parents “Ready” for Kindergarten: The Role of Early Childhood Education

This research brief presents preliminary evidence that family involvement in young children's education may contribute to a smooth transition to elementary school for children, and also helps parents remain involved in their children's learning in school.

Holly Kreider , Family Involvement Network of Educators (FINE) (April 2002) Research Report

Families and Teachers as Partners

This digest provides suggestions on how families and teachers can work together in schools to provide enriching experiences for children.

Holly Kreider (March 1998) Research Report

Promising Practices for Family Involvement

This ethnographic study examined 11 elementary principals who built relationships with low-income parents with limited resources . Effective principals set goals, expand services to children and families, provide parenting education, negotiate and celebrate cultural differences, build strong relationships, and support teachers.  In Principal, 78(3), 16–19. (Also available through the ERIC Database, ERIC number EJ579351.)

Holly Kreider , M. Elena Lopez (January 1999) Research Report

The Effects of a Responsive Parenting Intervention on Parent–Child Interactions during Shared Book Reading

This installment in our Family Involvement Research Digest Series features Susan Landry discussing a recent study—conducted by Landry and her colleagues at the Children’s Learning Institute at the University of Texas—about a mother–child intervention aimed at improving the use of responsive parenting techniques.

Susan Landry , Karen E. Smith, Paul R. Swank, Tricia Zucker, April D. Crawford, & Emily Solari (March 15, 2012) Research Report

Community-Based Family Support in Public Housing

This book examines the history of public housing, women's key leadership roles in those communities, and the experiences of eight family support programs located in public housing developments. In-depth case studies provide lessons on how entities as diverse as public housing authorities, community-based agencies, and research institutions work to empower these often-neglected communities.

Mary Lassen (1995) Research Report

The Parent Services Project

The Parent Services Project (PSP), a nationally recognized child care training program, is based on the belief that caring for children requires caring for families, and that family support strengthens both parents and the community. This paper outlines the history of PSP and summarizes its main teaching points and training methodology.

Lisa Lee , Ethel Seiderman (1998) Research Report

Parents, Families, and Communities in Schools

This course examines effective methods for including parents, families, and communities in schools. Emphasizes a systems perspective that includes consultation and collaboration in addressing academic, career, and personal/social success for all students. Family dynamics and influences on school success will be addressed. Application of school counseling consultation, collaboration, and family support for all students will result in a school-based project integrated into a school's comprehensive counseling program. Essential professional practices addressed in this course.

Rolla E. Lewis (Spring 2003) Syllabus

Mobile Technology and Family Engagement: Texting Intervention Increases Head Start Parents’ Engagement in Parent‒Child Activities

Text messaging parent‒child activity tips to families with young children is an effective way to support family engagement, especially among fathers. In this Research Digest, learn about a successful Head Start text-messaging program designed to complement ongoing family engagement services.

Lisa B. Hurwitz, Alexis R. Lauricella, Ann Hanson, Anthony Raden, and Ellen Wartella (March 2016) Research Report

Transforming Schools Through Community Organizing: A Research Review

This paper reviews the literature on community organizing. It examines how community organizing differs from traditional parent involvement activities, outlines the characteristic strategies used to engage parents in organizing efforts, and describes the outcomes of these efforts.

M. Elena Lopez (December 2003) Research Report

Paths to School Readiness

This report details three school-based programs to show what makes comprehensive family support programs thrive. Home visiting and parent education in Brattleboro, Vermont are featured, as is extended child care in Leadville, Colorado, and school-linked services in Gainesville, Florida.

M. Elena Lopez , Mona Hochberg (1993) Research Report

Family-Centered Child Care

This report provides a training framework to support families through child care programs. It describes six areas of practice through which providers can develop the knowledge and skills to partner with families. The report contains profiles of family-centered programs and examines how they have applied family support principles in their practice.

M. Elena Lopez , Sybilla Dorros, Heather Weiss (1999) Research Report

Why We Need a Human Centered Approach to Family Engagement

Cultivating empathy can inspire educators to respond with more inclusive and equitable practices to engage families.

M. Elena Lopez (February 2016) Research Report

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