Parent Involvement

Communication for Collaboration
This online module teaches effective practices for communicating with professionals and families in the context of early education and intervention.
Publisher: The Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge

Engaging Families in Early Childhood Education
This article includes two studies that offer insight into the benefits of parent-school partnerships and tips for fostering those partnerships.
Author: Amy L. Reschly
Publication Date: 2007
Publisher: RTI Action Network, National Center for Learning Disabilities

Family Engagement, Diverse Families, and Early Childhood Education Programs: An Integrated Review of the Literature
This paper provides an extensive review of research on family engagement with indications that early childhood education programs must be respectful of the cultural and ethnic ideals of the families they serve.
Authors: Linda C. Halgunseth and Amy Peterson
Publication Date: 2009
Publisher: National Association for the Education of Young Children

Family-Professional Partnerships
This online module teaches partnership-oriented practices linked to developing an initial friendly relationship, making shared decisions, and developing a trusting partnership with families to address challenging issues.
Publisher: The Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge

Leaving a Child Behind Before Kindergarten
This article includes some suggestions for parents and educators to consider when discussing the benefits of holding back individual children.
Author: Sheldon H. Horowitz
Publication Date: 2009 
Publisher: National Center for Learning Disabilities

Ongoing Child Assessment and Family Engagement: New Opportunities to Engage Families in Children’s Learning and Development
This paper provides strategies for early childhood programs to effectively share data with families and highlights how to make data understandable, meaningful, and actionable.
Publication Date: March 2011
Publisher: Harvard Family Research Project

Why Do Professionals Refer Parents of Children with Disabilities to Raising Special Kids?
Raising Special Kids, Arizona’s Parent Training and Information Center, provides free support, training, information and individual assistance so families can become effective advocates for their children. Information includes how to refer a family, what to expect after a referral, and training opportunities.
Publisher: Raising Special Kids