Engagement & Outreach

Engagement & Outreach

Elevating Quality Rating and Improvement System Communications: How to Improve Outreach to and Engagement with Providers, Parents, Policymakers, and the Public

Thirty-nine states have adopted quality rating and improvement systems (QRIS) to rate and support child care and education providers and centers serving children birth to age five. Communications plays a critical role in engaging providers, parents, partners, policymakers, and the public in QRIS. From Child Trends’ communications team, this report provides examples of what some states are doing to market their QRIS, and recommendations for other states.

Increasing Provider Engagement in Quality Rating and Improvement Systems

As states develop and revise their Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS), many have focused particular attention and effort on increasing provider participation rates. The Early Learning Challenge Technical Assistance Program, along with the National Center on Child Care Quality Improvement, created this brief to highlight efforts to raise provider participation in three states: Indiana, Kentucky, and Washington. These states were selected because they represent varied but successful approaches to increasing QRIS participation.

‘You know how it makes you feel’: Low-income parents' childcare priorities and definitions of ideal high-quality childcare

A qualitative study finds that low-income parents' expectations for child care are lower than most professional standards. This study, conducted by Child Trends' Nicole Forry and others, and published in the Journal of Children and Poverty, also found strong alignment, for the most part, between parents' definitions of high-quality care and their priorities for their most recent child care search. Parents focused less on structured learning opportunities when discussing child care priorities and more on practical features of care.

Parent Engagement from Preschool through Grade 3, A Guide for Policymakers

Parent engagement in children’s education is increasingly viewed as an essential support to children’s learning in early care and education programs and throughout the school years. While there are many definitions of “parent engagement,” the term is used here to describe parents’ efforts to promote their children’s healthy development and learning through activities that can be encouraged by educators in child care, preschool and school settings.

Preparing Young Latino Children for School Success: Best Practices in Family Engagement

Evidence demonstrates positive benefits for student learning when parents and families are engaged in their children’s education. For young Latino children, many of whom have parents with limited English language proficiency and low levels of education, parent engagement strategies can strengthen their school success and achievement. Early learning programs have the unique potential to equip parents with the tools to better support their children’s learning and success.