October 8, 2013
Welcome to the OCDEL Family Engagement Pilot Project eNews

Keeping you up-to-date with what's happening in regards to the OCDEL Family Engagement Pilot Project--upcoming opportunities, accomplishments, and resources you can use! 
Engage your community with A Book A Day GiveawayThe Bus for Us 
As part of PA's Promise for Children Month, each day there will be a daily drawing for a free copy of the 2013 PA One Book Every Young Child selection, A Bus for Us by Suzanne Bloom.   
Yes, 31 books will be given away throughout October!
But that's not all! At the end of the month, there will be a drawing for two Grand Prize Winners! A family member/friend will receive a Family Early Learning Packet and an Early Learning Professional (ELP) will receive the ELP Early Learning Packet!  The Early Learning Packets contain: 
  • A copy of the 2013 PA One Book, Every Young Child selection, A Bus for Us by Suzanne Bloom
  • Learning is Everywhere Calendar and Growth Chart
  • Kindergarten, Here I Come! Activity Guide
  • Kindergarten, Here I Am! Activity Guide
  • A set of Recipes for Readiness cards
  • Every Day I Learn Through Play Activity Guide
  • Scholastic's Read and Rise Family Guide (Preparing Our Children for a Lifetime of Success)
  • And More!
This is open to anyone, but folks can enter only once. (If they win a book, they are still in the running for the Grand Prize.) 
A Book A Day Giveaway is a great opportunity to use to engage friends and partners and bring awareness of your early learning group. This opportunity can be published newsletters, included on websites, promoted in social media outlets, or any other way to get information to everyone!
Find more information about PA's Promise for Children Month and the A Book A Day Giveaway drawing on the PA's Promise for Children website.

A New Look for a New Program Year! Check Out NCPFCE's Redesigned Portal on the ECLKC


The National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (PFCE) is pleased to announce the launch of the redesigned portal on the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC)! PFCE has reorganized content and updated the navigation tools to make it easier for you to find PFCE-related resources, regulations, and research online.


Start Exploring!

  • Homepage: Check the scrolling banner for new resources. Quickly access the new Interactive Framework, find resources and guides, and learn about upcoming events.
  • PFCE Interactive Framework: Select any area of the Framework graphic to reveal  research, regulations, and resources related to Framework's program foundations, program impact areas, family  outcomes, and child outcomes.
  • Relationship-Based Practice: Use these resources to develop your program's partnerships and goal-directed relationships with families.
  • PFCE Assessment Tools and Guides: Discover guides and tools to track your program's progress in using systemic approaches to engagement to achieve positive outcomes for children and families.
  • PFCE Resources and Guides: Get started and find PFCE resources, guides, video series, webinars, and digital tools designed for program staff and families.
  • For Families: These resources offer support and guidance on a range of parenting topics, including family health and children's development.

Stay Connected
Bookmark this page and check back often for new resources! Visit the subscriptions page on the ECLKC to sign up for the PFCE mailing list. You also can connect via Facebook and Twitter.



Your thoughts are appreciated on the Web portal redesign. Please send your feedback to ncpfce@childrens.harvard.edu.

Team Updates: 
Engaging Families- Butler County Early Care & Education Council
Finding families and getting them engaged can be a challenge. One OCDEL Family Engagement Pilot Partner has taken a creative--yet personal--approach.
The Butler County Early Care & Education Council reached out to seventeen community partners, such as YMCA, CCIS offices, United Way, early learning providers, family members and community organizations, and asked them to take a personal approach with recruiting family member's participation with the Pilot Project. To support their outreach, the Family Engagement Pilot Parent Flyer was created to help find additional families to attend their Pilot Project meeting on October 9. The flyer provides information that could then be used to reinforce the invitation, as well as used when an individual contact was not possible.

For more information about the Butler County Early Care & Education Council, please contact Julie Thumma at 724-283-2154 x 310 or jthumma@lifesteps.net.


All team self-assessments scheduled!

  • October 9 - Early Care and Education Council, Butler County
  • October 10 - PIC of Westmoreland/Fayette, Fayette County
  • October 15 - Elwyn, Chester SEEDS Preschool Early Intervention Program, Delaware County
  • November 7 - Upper Adams School District, Adams County



Thank you!


Thank you to those who provided a letter of support for OCDEL's application for Race to the Top! Your support is appreciated! 

Questions about the OCDEL Family Engagment Pilot Project? Contact us!
Sarah Holland at saholland@pa.gov
 or 717.787.8691
Christine Behm at cbehm@pa.gov
or 717.214.5704
Mary Hall at marhal@berksiu.org
or 717.213.2077