Family Engagement is one of the current “buzz words” within the field of early childhood education! I am currently conducting research on the topic, while furthering my education at UNCG.
As a parent of a middle schooler, a product of a PTA parent, a member of the PBIS committee and an early childhood educator, these words are my life partially summed up.
I honestly see Family Engagement as “The Village”! Family engagement is effective communication, productive relationships, and successful consistency! In the village approach, everyone has an important roll or the village won’t function properly. In family engagement, it is the same and it causes unexplained behaviors, unnecessary frustrations, and implicit biases.
Family engagement is joining the PTA, attending performances, sporting events, conferences, open house, or Title I Night! It is also developing a time to discuss with your child his/her progress with them and the teachers. It is communicating with all teachers about concerns, priorities, and resources! It is about developing expectations and everyone working to achieve them together.
Family Engagement will look different in each family, as it will look different at every level of development. It will change over time due to new relationships and life demands. Make Family Engagement a priority and see how it benefits your child’s development and academic success!
As an educator, I strive on building relationships with my family. I believe in taking the team approach in achieving success! As a PreK educator, I realize that for many this is their first experience in a public school setting, I want it to be great, and I desire to enlighten them on the importance of being advocates for their children and remaining engaged beyond my class. I try to provide helpful tips and opportunities to keep them engaged in their child’s growth and development.
As a parent, I honestly feel like I fall short because I compare myself to my mom who asked questions in the car, was PTA president, volunteered at all extracurricular activities and attended every event I participated in! I’ve learned through my years of parenting and educating that family engagement will look different in each family. That’s the unique beautiful thing about it! It’s created to work for the people who are in that family.
I challenge guardians to engage in your child’s growth, development, and academic pursuits!
I challenge educators to enlighten families on ways to engage in their child’s growth, development, and academic pursuits!