Programs that are especially effective at engaging families often conduct surveys to gather information from families.
NAEYC-Accredited programs and those in the process of seeking NAEYC Accreditation already conduct the NAEYC Accreditation Family Survey. The survey results provide critical information about how programs are doing regarding family engagement. These programs could conduct an additional survey to gather even more information.
Why should programs survey families?
Through family surveys programs can:
Should the survey use an online or paper format?
If the families enrolled in your program have Internet access, consider using an online software tool (search “online surveys” for some low- or no-cost options); otherwise a paper survey works fine.
What kinds of responses should the survey offer?
Unless the question is open-ended, try offering the following responses: Yes; Yes, but; No; No, but; Don’t know.
How many questions should the survey include?
Below are a variety of sample questions adapted from surveys developed by the Engaging Diverse Families project program participants. Use these ideas as a starting point. Tailor the questions to fit your needs and program characteristics. Do not feel you need to include all these questions in a survey—choose the questions that fit with your program and the families you serve. You don’t want to overwhelm families with too many questions ior collect information you cannot use.
Sample Family Survey Questions
Curriculum, School Readiness, and Early Learning
Facility and Program Environment
Support for Cultural and Linguistic Diversity
Developed for NAEYC's Engaging Diverse Families Project through a generous grant from the Picower Foundation.
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