Engaging the Parent/Family Voice in EEC Policy Discussions. Policy and Research Committee January 7, 2013. EEC Mission Statement. The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care’s mission is to provide the foundation that supports all children in their development as
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Policy and Research Committee
January 7, 2013
The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care’s mission is to provide the foundation that supports all children in their development as
lifelong learners and contributing members of the community, and supports families in their essential work as parents and caregivers.
“The work we do, in partnership with you, is vital to the future social and economic wellbeing of the Commonwealth - as today's children will become tomorrow's citizens, workers and parents.”
The goals and priorities of the CFCE grant directly align with EEC’s Indicators of Success under the Family Support, Access and Affordability section of the EEC Strategic Plan. These Indicators include:
EEC, in partnership with CTF and DCF, continues to utilize the Strengthening
Families framework and approach, which has widespread support from social
science researchers, early childhood practitioners and policy experts. The
Protective Factors are:
Retrieved from The Center for the Study of Social Policy, Strengthening Families, January 5, 2010.
The EEC Board of Directors and The Policy and Research Committee currently has one member who serves as a parent representative.
Monthly EEC Board Meetings are open to the public.
Community Parent Meetings with Commissioner Killins are held periodically throughout the state.
Parent/Family Surveys have been used to gather information and feedback.
EEC currently has relationships with several organizations that can be leveraged to share policy related information and solicit feedback from parents and families. These organizations already have existing family and community outreach efforts as well as thousands of established parent/family groups. These organizations include:
Referral Agencies) have numerous interactions
with families and, in addition to making referrals,
they also collect data, provide trainings and ”connect with
community leaders, public officials and stakeholders.”
“Encourage widespread collaboration between Head Start and other appropriate programs, services, and initiatives and augment Head Start's capacity to be a partner in State initiatives on behalf of children and their families.” (source: www.massheadstart.org)
is a joint initiative between EEC and the United Way, to provide more information on the science of brain building and why our future depends on it.
Email Distribution via the Commissioner’s Blast, can include an “EEC Policy and Research Updates” section. Use of an email marketing system such as Constant Contact will providea dynamic format for publications, links to resources, calendar events, surveys, as well as many other services. Users can also subscribe to topics of personal interest.
On-line Parent Surveys such as Survey Monkey, provide a quick and convenient method of collecting parent and family feedback.
Telephone Contact throughMass 211, can be used to inform and invite parents/families to scheduled committee meetings.
Sites such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook, offer parents and family members an informal and easily accessible means of communication.
Some of these are already in use by many Mass.Gov departments.
The Early Childhood Information System, currently in development, will give EEC the ability to not only share information with parents and families, but also to provide parents and families with the opportunity to contribute their comments and suggestions.
A Department of Early Education and Care Policy and Research Committee Updates web page may include:
Category 4 in QRIS is comprised of standards that are related to Family & Community Engagement. The current language does not specifically include EEC, but may be revised in a manner that requires providers to connect families directly to EEC’s resources.
Relevant Center-Based and School-Based standards:
Relevant Family Child Care standards: Opportunities for Parent/Family Engagement Include:
community resources that support families
that is always accessible to parents, including
information about available resources for annual vision, hearing and dental screenings.”
Relevant After School & Out of School Time standards:
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