[R-0465] S7: Family and Community

Citation: Weiss, H.B., Caspe, M., & Lopez. M.E.  (2006). Family involvement in early childhood education. Retrieved from [link] [or enter Weiss, H.B., Caspe, M., & Lopez. M.E.  (2006). Family involvement in early childhood education” in your search window]

Abstract: This is a research brief that is part of the Family Involvement Makes a Difference series of the Global Family Research Project. [http://globalfrp.org/] The briefs in this series examine family involvement in early childhood settings as well as in elementary, middle, and high school. Taken together, these briefs make the case that family involvement predicts children’s academic achievement and social development as they progress from early childhood programs through K–12 schools and into higher education. Content in this brief will help scholars learn the latest research that demonstrates how family involvement contributes to young children’s learning and development.

Integration: The information in the first three pages of this brief provides content to help scholars understand the concepts of family involvement, parenting, home-school relationships, and responsibility for learning outcomes. The following three pages describe the implications of research in these areas for policymakers, practitioners, and researchers. Links to additional family involvement resources are found at the end of the brief.

Content Focus: Bilingual Literacy; Child Development; Child, Family, and Community; Families; Family Involvement; Home-School Relationship; Language and Literacy Experiences; Learning Outcomes; Parenting; Practicum; School Preparedness

Notes: The information window titled Promoting Reading in the Home Through Family Literacy Programs on page five describes a new initiative called the Early Authors Program which promotes early bilingual literacy in preschool children through the creation of books (in both English and the home languages of children) that showcase family histories, the children’s lives, and children’s interests. The information provided on the process of book-making could be presented to scholars who would then implement the process with their students and parents during their practicum experience.