December 17, 2013
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! 
Of Interest   
The Center for the Study of Social Policy Survey
Families with at least one young child at home are invited to complete a survey for The Center for the Study of Social Policy. The need is for 2,000 parents and other primary caregivers of children ages 0-8 to complete a survey that will help to validate the new Caregivers' Assessment of Protective Factors survey tool developed as part of the Quality Improvement Center on Early Childhood.
The survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. The survey will be open until January 5, 2014, and the tool is scheduled to be ready for use later next year. 



December FINE Newsletter: Innovative Approaches to Preparing and Training Educators for Family Engagement


The December 2013 issue of the FINE Newsletter by the Harvard Family Research Project highlights new and innovative approaches to professional development in the area of family engagement.


Articles peek into classrooms and scan the web to look at how college/university faculty and professional development trainers are helping future and current educators learn and practice family engagement techniques through hands-on activities, simulations, e-courses, and case-based discussions.





Do you work with families and want to offer tips to help their young children grow?

The Early Learning GPS is a great place to start! Sign up for free webinars this winter - PQAS & Act 48 credit available.

PA's Promise for Children's new Early Learning GPS (Guiding Parents Smoothly) online interactive survey guides families through key areas they need to know to make the best early learning choices for their young children, and pinpoints resources for them based on their responses. Explore ways that you can use this tool to start meaningful conversations with families about helping their children grow at home and  choosing quality early learning. This is a great tool for any professionals working with families, whether they have knowledge in child development. You can also preview the new GPS map worksheet that helps families map out real changes they can make to help their child grow.

Attendees may also earn one DPW/PQAS/Act 48 hour for participating in this webinar.

Team Updates:  


Conference Call, December 19
The Family Engagement Pilot Project Team call will take place on Thursday, December 19 at 9:00 am. Call in number is 1-877-746-4263, with code 0284015#. This call will highlight the progress of the teams action planning process. All pilot teams leads and Regional Key representatives are encouraged to participate.

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