Engaging families and communities
Parental engagement is increasingly seen as an important policy lever to enhance healthy child development and learning. There is recognition that it is a fundamental right and obligation for parents to be involved in their children's education. And parental partnership is critical in enhancing ECEC staff knowledge about their children. Furthermore, research has shown that parental engagement ‐ especially in ensuring high‐quality children's learning at home and communicating with ECEC staff ‐ is strongly associated with children's later academic success, high school completion, socio‐emotional development and adaptation in society. Community engagement is also increasingly highlighted as an important policy lever. It can act as a "connector" between families and ECEC services as well as other services for children; a "social network" to support parents in reducing stress and making smart choices, especially for disadvantaged families; an "environment" to promote social cohesion and public order; and a "source of resources".
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Document Type: Review Article
Publication date: 2011-12-01