Videos on Family Engagement
See also: Supporting Family Leaders
This series shares the experiences of practitioners and families from across the country, illustrating how the fields of early education and early childhood special education are successfully supporting preschoolers and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic through the use of technology.
Episode Facilitator Guides include prompts to consider, reflection questions, activities, and additional resources. Practices are cross-referenced with the DEC Recommended Practices (and our related set of Practice Improvement Tools) and Early Care and Education Environment Indicators and Elements of High-Quality Inclusion. These guides can be used by individuals or as part of a facilitated team process.
The following episodes offer insight into family engagement practices:
Episode 4: Equity and Family Support
Katrina Daniels, a school principal, describes the expansive way that her school assures equity and family support during the pandemic. (6 min.)Episode 4 (6 min.) Facilitator Guide
Episode 6: Bringing a Virtual Classroom to Life
Pre-K teacher Michelle Rodriguez shows how she keeps her remote classroom hands-on and play-based and two parents share their children's experiences. (16 min.)Episode 6 (16 min.) Facilitator Guide
Episode 7: My Virtual Preschool Classroom
Early childhood special educator Shawna Cook shows how she created a virtual classroom to engage her preschoolers and their families. (12 min.)Episode 7 (12 min.) Facilitator Guide
Episode 8: Noah and Pop-Pop Go to Preschool
Mother and grandfather to Noah, Sarah and Randy describe their family's approach to supporting Noah in attending virtual preschool. (13 min.)Episode 8 (13 min.) Facilitator Guide
Episode 11: Rising to the Occassion
Preschool teacher Candace Land and Paula, a parent, describe Candace's class during remote learning and in-person settings, focusing on relationships and positive social emotional development. (14 min.)Episode 11 (14 min.) Facilitator Guide