Family Engagement Series

Creating a Supportive Environment for Children with Incarcerated Parents and their Families

Recorded on Thursday, November 9, 2017, 1:30-2:30 PM Eastern Time

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Synopsis

Throughout the United States children are growing up without the support of their incarcerated parent(s). When these children attend early childhood programs, educators need to consider and support their emotional needs. In addition programs need to obtain and provide resources to guide their families.  During this Webinar we will discuss how incarceration affects child development and discover ways to support children, their guardians, and in some cases their incarcerated parents.  

 

Objectives:

  • Examine statistical information and research relating to the effects of incarcerated parents on childhood.
  • Understand the effects of incarceration on school preformance.
  • Discover tools and strategies for supporting the social and emotional needs of children with an incarcerated parent.

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Presenter(s): Carrie Scruggs

Supporting and Engaging Teen Parents in Early Childhood Settings

Recorded on Thursday, October 12, 2017, 1:30-2:30 PM Eastern Time

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Synopsis

Many Early Childhood Programs in the United States serve children of teenage parents.  In order to meet the needs of these children, early childhood programs must consciously provide support to their young parents.  During this Webinar we will look at the challenges facing teen parents and discover strategies to guide effective teen parenting.  

 

Objectives:

  • Learn ways to engage teen parents in daily communication and goal setting. 
  • Consider ways to support teen parents in your early childhood program.
  • Discover strategies to guide teen parenting. 

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Presenter(s): Carrie Scruggs, Pat Carter

Serving the Unique Needs of Diverse Families in Early Childhood Programs

Recorded on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 1:00-2:30 PM Eastern Time

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Synopsis

Early childhood programs serve children that come from a variety of family structures including: families made up of grandparents with guardianship, foster parents, military members, and LGBT families.  Understanding the dynamics of different family structures and their unique needs can help early childhood educators create an environment that is welcoming, fosters learning, and supports all children and their families. During this webinar, we will examine strategies to embrace the different family structures served by early childhood programs. 

 

 

Objectives:

  • Understand the unique circumstances of families and implement strategies to engage diverse families. 
  • Learn strategies to support the distinctive needs of the diverse populations in your early childhood program. 

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Presenter(s): Carrie Scruggs, Kamna Seth, Suad Hooper, Sue Jurjevic

How Do I Connect With My Families?: Remembering and Celebrating Diversity

Recorded on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 2-3 PM Eastern Time

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Synopsis

Are you prepared to engage families from diverse communities? Do you know how to create an inviting environment for all children and their families in your program so everyone will benefit? Join us to learn strategies to make all your families feel welcome and respected.

 

Objectives

  • Discuss suggestions for engaging diverse families
  • Learn strategies to embrace opportunities to share diverse customs
  • Discover ways to celebrate diversity in your center as an integral part of your early childhood program

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Presenter(s): Carrie Scruggs, Nelly Martinez

Learning Extensions: Collaborating with Community Partners and Families to Enhance Your After-School Program

Recorded on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 2-3 PM EST

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Synopsis

Although school-aged programs in many Early Childhood Centers have the highest enrollment and generate the most revenue, many educators feel overwhelmed when planning, observing, assessing, and reporting on the needs of the children in their school-aged classroom. Learn how early childhood educators can work with community partners to create school-aged programs that are extensions of the school day and provide enrichment opportunities on non-school days.

Objectives 

  • Discuss ideas for after-school program teachers to collaborate with community partners to develop engaging enrichment opportunities
  • Learn strategies that support the use of the teaching cycle in the school-aged classroom
  • Discover free and low-cost enrichment ideas for after-school classrooms

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Presenter(s): Carrie Scruggs

Hand-in-Hand: Collaborating with Families of Children with Special Needs

Recorded on Thursday, February 23, 2017, 2-3 PM EST

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Synopsis

Many early childhood educators feel unprepared to work with families of children with special needs. Discover the tools you need to support these families as they navigate the early intervention system. Learn to develop a partnership with families to enhance the development of their child.   

Objectives

  • Discuss strategies to help families adjust to a diagnosis
  • Learn ideas to support families during early intervention services
  • Discover techniques for handling difficult conversations with families related to their child's development and progress

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Presenter(s): Gauri Shirali-Deo, Kamna Seth

Engaging Families of School Age Children

Recorded on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 2-3 PM EST

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Synopsis

By providing families with a window into their child's classroom and encouraging active participation in their child's education, teachers can improve outcomes for children and the quality of their school community.

Our sessions offers strategies to engage families of children from Kindergarten through thrid grade.  

Objectives

  • Explore ways to encourage family enagement
  • Learn to use tech tools to facilitate communication with families
  • Discuss ways to streamline processes for keeping families informed

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Presenter(s): A. Ruth Okoye, Ed.D., Gauri Shirali-Deo

Fatherhood 201: Collaborating with Your Community to Support Fatherhood Engagement Activities

Recorded on Tuesday, January 24, 2017-2-3 ET

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Synopsis

By popular demand, the Source For Learning offers more on the topic of Fatherhood Engagement. If you enjoyed our previous Webinar on Engaging and Empowering Fathers, you won’t want to miss this!

The success of Fatherhood Programs in early childhood settings depends on the support of the local community. Learn how your early childhood program can impact the success of Fatherhood Programs by engaging other programs, businesses, and political leaders in the process.

 

Objectives

  • Discuss guidelines for engaging community partners and local businesses to support fatherhood programs
  • Learn Strategies for approaching local representatives to seek their support for fatherhood engagement opportunities
  • Share ideas that encourage community support and collaboration of fatherhood engagement activities

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Presenter(s): Carrie Scruggs, Daryl Carter

Engaging and Empowering Fathers 101

Recorded on June 15, 2016

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Synopsis

While there is a consensus that fathers should be engaged in early childhood education, early childhood programs typically run into challenges when trying to engage dads.

Objectives

• Strategies to engage fathers, model parental skills, and offer tips on sharing information on child development 
• Ideas to increase attendance by fathers at trainings, support groups, and family engagement activities. 
• What the data tell us about the importance of engaging fathers.

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Presenter(s): Carrie Scruggs, Daryl Carter

Building the Foundation for Engaging Families-Relationships with Infant and Toddler Families

Recorded on March 26, 2016

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Synopsis

Building a foundation of trust and communication is key while working with families who have infants and toddlers. This session will offer strategies for building strong family relationships right from the start and approaches for sharing resources to educate infant/toddler families on typical child development. 

Objectives

• The importance of educating families; offering support with child development and social-emotional information. 
• Strategies to communicate with families of infants and toddlers, including providing them parental resources

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Presenter(s): Bev Schumacher, Carrie Scruggs, Kamna Seth

Reaching the Engagement Level-Working with Families of Young Children

Recorded on October 28, 2015

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Synopsis

Engaging families in meaningful ways is an important component of any early childhood program. Listening to families –and investing time in them to provide guidance and opportunities to lead –can create conditions that facilitate engagement. This makes it imperative that programs review and improve their family engagement strategies.

Objectives

• Discuss the importance of on-going communication to serve and engage families effectively

• Learn strategies to implement formal and informal methods to communicate with families

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Presenter(s): Bev Schumacher, Kamna Seth

Meeting the English Language Needs of Early Childhood Educators and Families

Recorded on Thursday, April 27, 2017, 7-8:30 PM EST

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Synopsis:

Throughout the United States an increasing number of nonnative early childhood educators care for young children. Cultural and linguistic diversity form a substantial part of the American heritage and should be embraced in early childhood programs for the benefit of children. This presentation will help you consider the necessary language skills and strategies needed to enable nonnative speakers of English to be successful. We will look at where to start and how to build English language skills through continuous and sustained instruction.

Objectives:

  • Identify practical skills needed by nonnative speaking early childhood educators and families to listen, speak, read, and write in English on the topics of early childhood care, education, and child development.
  • Explore various strategies to promote English language proficiency among nonnative speaking early childhood educators and families.
  • Discover established curriculum and materials specifically designed for increasing the English language proficiency among nonnative speaking early childhood educators.

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Presenter(s): Julaine Rosner, Marsha Chan

Power IS in the Numbers - Using Child Assessment Data to Drive Decisions Regarding Enhancing Program Quality and Ensuring Positive Early Learning Outcomes

Recorded on March 18, 2016

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Synopsis

More and more programs are now required to shift to a more “data-driven” decision making culture. In other words, programs are expected to use data in even more meaningful ways to plan and make decisions. 

Objectives

  • Discuss recent trends on data driven decision-making 
  • Discover the importance of data
  • Explore strategies for collecting data on children you serve

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Presenter(s): A. Ruth Okoye, Ed.D., Kamna Seth