Resource Spotlight from the US Department Education Newsletter
As children heading to school engage in new routines and learning opportunities, it can sometimes be a challenging experience for them and their families or caregivers. The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI) has developed and collected a number of resources especially for families and caregivers, to make changes and challenges easier to navigate. We’d like to highlight two relevant collections that are available on NCPMI’s Family Engagement resource page: (1) Making Life Easier provides easy-to-use tip sheets on approaching daily routines; and (2) the Backpack Connections series provides handouts that can be used by both teachers and caregivers to help young children develop social-emotional skills and reduce challenging behavior.
Strong family engagement in early childhood programs is central to promoting children’s healthy, intellectual, physical, and social-emotional development; preparing children for school; and supporting academic achievement in elementary school and beyond.
One way to promote strong family engagement is to equip families with tools to enhance and extend their child’s learning. These Parent Guides have been created to help families understand some of the things their child will learn each school year. These resource documents have been developed for Prekindergarten 3, Prekindergarten 4, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and 2nd Grade and may be distributed to families at various times during the school year, including:
- Beginning of the school year and/or back-to-school events
- Family conferences and/or home visits
- When a new child enrolls in your class
- End of the school year in preparation for the following year
- Family engagement events and activities
Use these documents to spark conversations and increase families’ knowledge on how they can support their child at home.
The Parent Guides can be found here: https://tea.texas.gov/interiorpage.aspx?id=51539612999 (right hand column)