Relationship-Based Competencies Nos. 5 and 6

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This month, the Fall to Fall Series will focus on Relationship-based Competencies Nos. 5 and 6:

Family Connections to Peers and Community: Facilitates networks and group activities that support families' strengths, interests, and needs.

Family Access to Community Resources: Supports families in using community resources that enhance family well-being and children's learning and development.

Featured Resources

To help you explore this month's competency, we are pleased to share the following resources:

NEW! Research to Practice Series: Family Connections to Peers and Community

Connections to peers and other social supports make a difference in the lives of families and children. Social support for parents is linked to healthy development and school readiness for children. Use this resource to become more knowledgeable about supporting families' social connections and community networks.

NEW! Best Practices in Family and Community Engagement Video Series Bringing Families Together: Building Community

Watch the Best Practices in Family and Community Engagement Video Series to support your program’s efforts toward systemic and integrated engagement. It is rooted in the Office of Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (PFCE) Framework. The videos highlight examples of innovative approaches to engagement that foster strong relationships and lead to positive outcomes for children and families.

Community Partnerships: Head Start/Early Head Start and Child Welfare [PDF, 583KB]

These resources help programs to build more effective partnerships with Child Welfare agencies. The overview and resource list show how these partnerships support the learning and healthy development of abused and neglected children. Use the reflection questions to assess the quality of your partnerships and to implement best practices in partnering with child welfare agencies.

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Last Reviewed: June 2013

Last Updated: May 14, 2014