The Family Engagement Pilot Community Teams have all been steadily working to build their teams, complete their self-assessments and develop action plans. Collectively, the teams have increased their partners by 24 individuals representing the roles of: family members, home visiting programs, head start, early childhood mental health, children and youth, early intervention, faith community leaders, libraries, child care information services, public officials and business leaders.
One of the largest areas of growth has been the recruitment of family members to the community teams.
All of the teams completed their self-assessment process. The discussion and information gathered through that process has been utilized by all of the teams to inform their work moving forward. Individual teams determined how they would do this. One team developed a shortened document that highlighted some key information from the self-assessment process that was shared with all of the team members (including those that were not available to participate in the self-assessment process). One team recognized the need to recruit additional family leaders to their work and turned to a program that has been operating in a different location Elwyn Parent Partners to learn from them and start their own Parent Partner program.
All teams had follow up conversation and discussions as a group to discuss the self-assessment and begin their action planning.
Family Engagement Pilot Community Teams have been working on developing and finalizing their action plans. As a Pilot Group, action plans will be focused on six of the areas identified in the Pa Family Engagement Crosswalk: families are supported in times of need; families have the support and information they need to encourage their child's learning and development; family members have support from other families; families have goals of their own and benefit from having supportive partners to reach their goals; families grow in leadership and utilize these skills in many different ways; families are supported in times of transition.
All teams will be planning action steps around supporting families to have the support and information they need to encourage their child's learning and development. In addition,
All teams are building stronger relationship with their local school districts to support transition.
OCDEL and the PA key have supported the work of the teams through: development of the self-assessment tool and process and facilitation of the teams completion of the process. Individualized support through phone calls and resource sharing at the teams request. Monthly conference call have also been a time for teams to share and network with each other, with a focus on successful strategies and resources.