Community of Practice - Partnerships for Early Learners
Family Engagement

Community of Practice

New Family Engagement Community of Practice ProJect

Indiana’s new family engagement community of practice (COP) project gives early childhood programs the opportunity to further develop and embed family engagement efforts within centers, ministries and family child care homes. Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply below!

How to Apply

Interested program administrators should complete the online application to be considered for this project.

Applicant Requirements

  1. A completed application (available online) and letter of recommendation from a coach, community member or leading family engagement advocate.
  2. COP participants from each program should include program lead, family member, teacher/staff and community member (four members recommended but not required — at least one member of the team is mandatory at each meeting).
  3. Be willing to collaborate and share ideas with fellow family engagement COP participants.
Program Elements:
  1. Participants develop a family engagement community of practice within their program and participant in a statewide community of practice, which includes:
    • Intentional growth in a focus area (e.g., communication with dual-language learners, families experiencing homelessness, poverty, addiction or mental health concerns).
    • Develop a family engagement community of practice, providing in-depth professional development requested by participants and shared needs.
    • Participants able to leverage free local on-site support and professional development opportunities through community partnerships.
  2. Participants increase staff knowledge and provide professional development on family engagement, following best practices from national leaders such as NAEYC, NAFCC or Global Family Research Project. With support from Early Learning Indiana, including an online guide, participants will devise individual methods of presenting, embedding and practicing family engagement at their sites. (Family Child Care providers that have no staff can use the guide as a personal professional development tool for working with family member/s to increase the level of understanding and level of engagement.)
  3. Participants attend an online conference held during the month of November, gaining in-depth learning around family engagement.
Important Dates:

Application Process

 Virtual Meetings & Professional Development Opportunities Dates

  • July 2: Virtual meeting*
  • August 6: Virtual meeting*
  • September 3: Virtual meeting*
  • October 1: Virtual meeting*
  • November 8-9: Virtual Conference

*  Time for each virtual meeting is 6-7:30 pm EST.

Questions?

If you have questions about the Family Engagement Community of Practice, please contact Lenore Friedly via email today! 

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