When families are engaged children do better in school. How can teachers and programs successfully engage the diverse families of all the children in their programs? These resources from NAEYC offer examples of successful family engagement practices.
Resources from NAEYC
NAEYC’s Engaging Diverse Families Project
NAEYC’s Engaging Diverse Families (EDF) project sought to develop a research-based definition of family engagement, identify exemplary family engagement practices, and share a tool kit of materials to help programs more effectively engage families in children’s early learning.
What Parents Have to Teach Us About Their Dual Language Children
This article provides guidance for collecting and understanding parent knowledge about their children who are dual language learners to enhance classroom practice.
Welcoming Families With Children Who Were Adopted
Early childhood teachers play an important role in the early years of every child’s life, but for a child who was adopted and for the child’s family, the support from the teacher can be invaluable.
Voices of Immigrant Parents in Preschool Settings
Seven suggestions offered by numerous immigrant parents from multiple cultural, linguistic, and ethnic groups for teachers who work with young children of immigrants.
Supporting Gay and Lesbian Families in the Early Childhood Classroom
This article provides practical strategies for supporting children and parents in gay and lesbian households.
Engaging Families in Diverse Communities: Strategies From Elementary School Principals
Two elementary school principals share their experiences engaging families—including challenges and successes—in diverse communities.
Teaching Young Children
Picturing Good Practice: Building Blocks of Family Engagement
Here’s how staff in one setting took what they knew about family engagement and put it into practice.
10X: Engaging Activities for Whole-Family Nights
Hosting a family night that includes activities for all family members—children and adults—is a great way to promote parental participation and family support.
Welcoming Dual Language Learners
A few quick tips to create a welcoming environment and make great beginnings for young dual language learners (DLLs).
NAEYC's For Families website
- families.naeyc.org - Provides educators and families with research-based tips and ideas on children’s learning and development. The articles, blogs, and columns feature valuable information on numerous topics to support families in their role as their child’s first teacher.
Engaging Diverse Families: Two Principals Share Their Stories
Two elementary school principals who work in diverse communities share their experiences engaging families.
Supporting Diverse Young Children Takes a Diversity Team
Many programs are now developing Diversity Teams to meet the challenge of supporting cultures and languages of diverse children and families in early childhood education programs.
Spotlight on Young Children: Supporting Dual Language Learners
Covering infancy to third grade, the articles in this collection offer practical ways of supporting children who are dual language learners, their families, and staff.
Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves
Become a skilled anti-bias teacher with this volume’s practical guidance to confronting and eliminating barriers of prejudice, misinformation, and bias about specific aspects of personal and social identity.
What If All the Kids Are White? Anti-Bias Multicultural Education With Young Children and Families (2nd ed.)
In this updated edition, two distinguished early childhood educators tackle the crucial topic of what White children need and gain from anti-bias and multicultural education.
Teaching Young Children to Resist Bias: What Parents Can Do
Tips for parents to help children appreciate diversity and deal with others' biases.
Practice in Building Bridges: Companion Resource for Diversity in Early Care and Education (5th ed.)
Practice in Building Bridges will be valuable for teacher educators, trainers, and program directors in doing staff and professional development.
NAEYC Position Statements (PDF)
- Anti-Discrimination Statements
- Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment
- Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8
- Early Childhood Curriculum, Assessment, and Program Evaluation
- Responding to Linguistic and Cultural Diversity
- Early Childhood Inclusion
Where We Stand Summaries (PDF)