Announcing the Family and Community Engagement: Promising Practices Spotlight Series

May 24, 2018

Child Care Aware® of America is rolling out a new informative series that illuminates exemplary family and community engagement practices. The Family and Community Engagement: Promising Practices Spotlight Series highlights and celebrates innovative, high-quality family and community engagement programs occurring in a range of early childhood settings. We hope this series will not only introduce you to successful initiatives making an impact in communities across the nation, but that it will inspire you as child care resources and referral staff (CCR&Rs), child care providers and other early childhood leaders as you advance your work with families and communities.

Kicking off the Spotlight Series:  The first spotlight in our series shines on, Apoyando Familias, Aprendiendo Juntos (Supporting Families, Learning Together), a radio show that connects weekly with Spanish-speaking families and caregivers. The program is a product of Wisconsin’s statewide network CCR&R, Supporting Families Together Association. This program demonstrates how organizations can leverage media outreach to create meaningful dialogue with and meet the needs of diverse families with young children and their communities.

Coming Soon to the Spotlight Series

  • June  - Bright by Text, a program of Bright by Three
  • July - Family Engagement and Early Learning Support, a Jacksonville Journey Project by Early Learning Coalition of Duval County
  • August - Kaleidoscope Play and Learn, a program at Child Care Resource Center


Your Program Could Be Next

Are you a CCR&R, early care and education provider/professional, or another agency serving young child, their families and communities? Do you have an innovative program that exemplifies family and/or community engagement practices? Email us a brief, 200 words or less, summary introducing your agency’s program and it might be featured


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Topics: Systems Building, Workforce, Family & Community Engagement

April Dodge-Ostendorf

Written by April Dodge-Ostendorf

April Dodge-Ostendorf, MSW, is the Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives at Child Care Aware® of America. She has nearly 20 years of professional experience advancing social service systems for children and families at local, state and national levels. April’s current work includes building cross-organizational knowledge and capacity for effective partnership engagement, fund development, and strategic planning.