Family Partnerships and Family Engagement in Early Care and Education: Measuring Relationships between Families and Providers, Teachers, and Family Services Staff

Toni Porter
Kwang Kim
Valerie Atkinson
Wed, 03/25/2015 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

The BUILD Initiative and the QRIS National Learning Network hosted the 21st webinar in our "Let's Talk" series, Family Partnerships and Family Engagement in Early Care and Education: Measuring Relationships between Families and Providers, Teachers, and Family Services Staff:

The session was a conversation about the Family and Provider/Teacher Relationship Quality (FPTRQ) project. The goal of the project is to develop new measures to assess the quality of the relationship between families and providers/teachers of early care and education for children birth to 5 years of age. The measures examine this relationship from both the parent and the provider/teacher perspectives, and capture important elements of family-provider/teacher relationships such as attitudes of respect, commitment, and openness to change and practices such as bi-directional communication, sensitivity, and flexibility. The project aims to develop measures that are appropriate for use across different types of early care and education settings, including Head Start and Early Head Start programs, center-based child care, pre-k classrooms, and home-based child care. In addition, a high priority of the project is to make the new measures culturally appropriate for diverse populations, including lower-income and higher-income families, ethnically/racially diverse providers and families, and non-English speaking families and providers.

Speaker Biographies:

Toni Porter is a principal in Early Care and Education Consulting. Formerly a Senior Researcher in Innovation, Research and Policy at Bank Street College of Education, she has conducted a wide variety of research projects that focus on issues related to early childhood quality. Porter’s current work focuses on family-provider relationships and family engagement. She was a key consultant on the Family and Provider/Teacher Relationship Quality project. Porter has co-authored two briefs related to policy issues related to measuring family partnerships. One examines selected QRIS family partnership indicators in the context of family-sensitive caregiving (Porter, Bromer, & Moodie, 2011); the other brief examines the alignment of national professional standards for family partnerships and Professional Development System family partnership competencies and QRIS indicators in two states with research-based evidence about effective provider relationships with families (Porter & Bromer, 2013).

Kwang Kim is a Westat Senior Study Director with more than 22 years of experience in survey research, program evaluation, early childhood education and development, and adult education studies. He has developed and tested survey instruments for collecting data from adults and children, contributed to technical reports, data analysis, and psychometric reports. He also has experience managing large-scale projects (e.g., NHES and FACES). He is project director for the Family and Provider/Teacher Relationship Quality project.

Valerie Atkinson is a research analyst with more than 6 years of experience in data collection and analysis. At Westat, she recruits survey respondents, develops and edits interview protocols and surveys and conducts quantitative and qualitative research. Ms. Atkinson also develops training and recruitment materials and participates in field staff training and monitoring.

Presentation Recording:

Web Resources:

Family and Provider/Teacher Relationship Quality (FPTRQ) Project –

Office of Head Start's National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement –

Harvard Family Research Project's Family Involvement –