Session 2: Webinar

How are you engaging and supporting families who are culturally, linguistically, and socio-economically diverse in your state early childhood system? This session will examine effective practices for supporting family engagement based on evidence of the difference such practices can make for the trajectories of young children who are culturally, linguistically, and socio-economically diverse. Models provided will include both statewide approaches for engaging all families and targeted approaches for engaging specific groups.

*****Tuesday, May 27th from 2 pm to 4 pm EDT on-line*****
Presenter Biographies: 

Linda C. Halgunseth, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development & Family Studies at the University of Connecticut. Educational Background: Ph.D. University of Missouri, M.S. University of Missouri, B.A. with Honors, University of Texas at Austin. Professional Interests: Minority Health and Well-Being, Latino and African American Parenting, Cultural Influences on Parent-Child Relations and Parenting, Children of Immigrants, Culturally-Appropriate Measurement Development.

Pre-Session Assignments: 
  1. Please identify any guidance you have in your state about family engagement. You may have a definition of family engagement. You may have standards related to family engagement. You may have guidelines related to family engagement. Or you may have all three.
  2. Please make sure all members of your team have these documents.
  3. Then, as individual team members, please review the documents to determine the extent to which they are explicit and intentional they are about cultural, linguistic, and socio-economic diversity. Does the guidance use the term “family” or “parents and family” instead of exclusively using “parents?” Does the guidance mention diverse families? Is consideration of diversity woven throughout the guidance? Or does it appear mostly in the introduction? Does the guidance provide an authentic mirror of the families of young children in your state? Each team member will be asked for their assessment of their state’s documents on the webinar.