Embedding Equity in Community Assessments to Inform the Development of Family Engagement Programs
Family engagement programs are a promising method to support children’s learning and development. Early care and education programs and schools can connect with, engage, and partner with families to better meet their own learning goals and their children’s. Community assessments can improve family engagement programs’ design so they are relevant, valuable, and rooted in community members’ needs. This brief describes the approach taken in conducting community assessments to inform the development of four PBS KIDS Family Engagement Programs. It also outlines key strategies that helped embed equity throughout the process. The family engagement programs aimed to build meaningful community connections and support PBS KIDS’ mission to make a positive impact on the lives of children by involving families, teachers, caregivers, and communities as learning partners.