Family Engagement

Family Engagement Prize

2018 Statewide Prize will award up to $10,000 in recognition of family engagement practices

Let’s celebrate the work of early education providers who champion families’ roles as their children’s first teachers! Partnerships for Early Learners, with support from the Lilly Endowment, is launching a statewide prize process to highlight innovation and excellence in family engagement. Through that process, two early childhood program – perhaps your program or a program in your community – will receive $10,000 prizes for their efforts to activate family supports!

Please note: Last year’s prize recipients that won $2,500-$25,000 awards are not eligible to apply this year.

DEADLINE: To be considered for a prize, learn more about the process below and apply by September 30, 2018.

About the Prize

All participating programs that complete the online application in its entirety by September 30th will receive a Family Engagement Participation Prize gift card worth $25. Twelve individual prizes of $5,000 will be awarded. Below is a list of those able to apply.

  • Family Child Care Homes
  • Child Care Centers
  • Registered Ministries
  • Head Starts
  • Public School Programs
Programs providing regulated care and educational services to children age zero to five years old in Indiana can apply for these awards.
Scroll down for more information on program eligibility and the application process!
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How to Apply

Step 1: Before applying, programs need to conduct a self-assessment with the Early Learning Advisory Council’s Family Engagement Toolkit. You can complete this through an online training available free of charge by visiting Training Central. Additionally, you can contact your Paths to QUALITY coach for help. Using Indiana’s family engagement framework, you rate your program’s work across four areas of engagement. Next, you compile documentation to support your selected rating. That record often includes photographs of events, sample newsletters or communications with families, family surveys, program policies, letters from families, meeting minutes or program data.

Step 2: Visit the online application to finalize your application for the family engagement prize. The application begins with basic program information. Then, you write four short essay questions. Finally, you attach examples of work that demonstrate your family engagement practices. Complete the online application here. If you have questions about this process, our FAQ may be helpful.

After You Apply

After the application deadline, our review committee invites select programs to enter an additional application phase. Programs who enter this phase will submit on a one-page narrative of how an award of $10,000 would improve their program’s family engagement practice.

Selection Criteria

The selection committee does not base awards on overall identification of “excelling” in all identified areas on the Early Learning Advisory Council’s (ELAC) Family Engagement Toolkit. Instead, award criteria focuses on several key factors. Those factors include:

  • Level of self-reflection of the narrative
  • Clarity of narrative
  • Portfolio of evidence provided through the family engagement toolkit
  • Plans for future work

If you have questions about the Family Engagement Prize Competition, please contact Kailah Lee via email today! You can also consult our FAQs about the prize competition.

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