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    Family Engagement Is Essential. Are You Doing It?

    Families Are Children’s First Teachers.   From day one, children learn from their families: what they do and how they interact with their them. A young child will learn from their family how to have conversations, make eye contact, play and so much more. Families also learn a lot from their little ones: as they…

    Fall Learning Child Care Leaves Outdoors

    Fall: The Perfect Time for Outdoor Learning & Conversations!

    Get outside to freshen up your early learning activity plan!   Fall brings cool breezes and intense colors, which makes it a great time to be outside. Learning outside is a great way to fully engage children’s senses and spark learning. As the leaves turn from green to gold and animals prepare for winter, children…

    Mud Kitchens: Science, outdoor time and lots of imagination!

    Embrace spring’s rainy days by exploring the magic of mud.  Spring is here! April brings a mix of sunshine, rain and a little extra mud. And that mud is a great chance to explore science. One of our – and children’s – favorite outdoor activities is “cooking,” “stirring” and “baking” in a mud kitchen. A…

    Fall Weather is Perfect for Outdoor Adventures

    The benefits to young children are so numerous that they outweigh the negative comments you may hear.  “The parents will get mad if their child gets dirty!” “It’s not worth it, and they never bring a change of clothes either.” “Are you going to clean them up when we come back inside?” Let’s put all…

    Family engagement grand prize Walnut Hill groundbreaking

    Walnut Hill Early Childhood wins $25,000 grand prize for family engagement

    Goshen program wins first-ever prize for effective family involvement efforts Help us celebrate along with Walnut Hill Early Childhood Center! They have been selected as the $25,000 grand prize winner for Partnerships for Early Learners’ first Family Engagement Prize. The application review process brought forward several outstanding applicants. Among the applicants, Walnut Hill stood out…

    Win up to $25,000 in New Family Engagement Prize Competition

    Family engagement matters – and it can pay off for young learners and early childhood programs! Hoosier early childhood programs have a new opportunity to both enrich and expand their efforts to support family engagement. Partnerships for Early Learners is thrilled to announce our Family Engagement Prize Competition. Through this opportunity, child care providers can win…

    Building Strong Partnerships between Providers & Families

    For early childhood professionals, family engagement is not just a buzz word. It is a rich and complex series of events that can create better outcomes for children. The research is clear: when providers see families as partners everyone wins. Investing time and taking a serious look at how we support parents and value their strengths…

    Trust: The Magic that Makes Family Engagement Possible

    Twenty years ago, I didn’t know what I was doing was called “family engagement.” Working in a cooperative preschool, I got to spend time with parents and their young children in the classroom in what was, for me at least, an ideal learning environment. Families assisted each day in the classroom. One or two family…