QRIS and Family Engagement - a Strengthening Families(TM) Approach

Anna Lovejoy
Robin Higa
Char Goodreau
Wed, 01/30/2013 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

QRIS and Family Engagement - a Strengthening Families(TM) Approach

Hosted by the BUILD Initiative and the QRIS National Learning Network

Increasingly, state QRIS standards and criteria reflect the importance of involving families as partners to support high-quality early care and education programs. While states are taking different approaches to defining and documenting family engagement standards, a growing number of states are drawing on the Center for the Study of Social Policy's (CSSP) Strengthening Families(TM) Protective Factors Framework and implementation tools to inform their criteria and support programs to achieve higher levels of quality. This webinar will highlight findings and key examples from a new CSSP issue brief, State Approaches to Integrate Strengthening Families in QRIS, and feature speakers with experience implementing the approach at the state- and program-level.

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Speaker Biographies:

Anna Lovejoy is a consultant and member of the Strengthening Families national team at the Center for the Study of Social Policy. She is the team’s lead on early childhood issues and state and federal policy. Prior to consulting, she was the program director for early childhood policy at the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices.

Robin Higa is a Parent Leader Consultant with the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds, a parent volunteer on Washington’s Strengthening Families Leadership Team and the founder and principal author of the Community Café approach.  She has over 20 years of experience in facilitating effective partnerships with parents in with diverse cultures.  She is blessed with two children, a grandson, a loving husband and two dogs.

Char Goodreau is the QRIS Administrator at the Department of Early Learning in Washington State.  Since coming to the department in 2008, Char has assisted with the development and implementation of Washington’s QRIS, Early Achievers, and assisted with the state’s successful Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant application. 

State Approaches to Integrating Strengthening Families into Quality Rating and Improvement

Strengthening Families identifies what early care and education programs can do to help parents support their children’s development and to build strong relationships between family members and staff. At its core, Strengthening Families is about parent and family engagement. This issue brief demonstrates the advantages of using Strengthening Families, describes implementation tools, and highlights state approaches to integrating Strengthening Families into QRIS.