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Family Engagement Toolkit

The Family Engagement Toolkit was created by Indiana’s Early Learning Advisory Committee (ELAC) Family Engagement Workgroup to define family engagement and help early learning programs to recognize and expand upon their efforts to engage families. The Family Engagement Toolkit includes a self-assessment that can serve as a roadmap for ongoing program improvement.

On My Way Pre-K providers must complete the self-assessment at least once per school year. It is for informational purposes only and will not be used in scoring for Paths to QUALITY™ or licensure.

The assessment is part of the Family Engagement Toolkit which is available on the Early Learning Advisory Committee website.

How to Use the Self-Assessment

The self-assessment allows you to evaluate your current family engagement practices on 22 indicators of family engagement. The 22 indicators are divided into four categories:

  • Strengthen families as a child’s primary educators and nurturers.
  • Assist families as connected, supported members of the community.
  • Empower families as child advocates and leaders.
  • Support families as safe, healthy, and self-sufficient caregivers.

As you fill out the assessment, you will be asked to choose which of the four stages of advancement best applies to your program for each topic:

  1. Entering: The provider is beginning to think about family engagement and making some initial attempts to effectively engage families.
  2. Emerging: The provider is aware of the importance of family engagement and is making attempts to effectively engage families.
  3. Progressing: The provider understands the importance of family engagement and is making organized and diverse attempts to effectively engage families.
  4. Excelling: The provider embraces the importance of family engagement and is making consistent and diverse attempts to effectively engage families in high-level ways, including and across all components of the family engagement framework.

The self-assessment helps you to identify areas for improvement within your program. It can help you to target the areas that have the highest potential to engage families and improve outcomes for children.

Completing the Self-Assessment

The Family Engagement Self-Assessment can be completed online or on paper. If you choose to complete the assessment on paper, you will need to enter your scores online.

  • For programs starting in January, the toolkit should be completed by February 15th.
  • For programs starting in August, the toolkit should be completed during the first semester, and no later than December 31st.

For infomation on how to fill out the self-assessment, click the buttons below.

  1. Go to Training Central and locate the Family Engagement Self-Assessment.
  2. Follow the step-by-step instructions to complete the self-assessment.
  3. By completing your self-assessment online, the score is calculated automatically and results are submitted to the state.
  4. Your results will be stored at the aggregate level, along with other providers.

  1. Go to the Early Learning Advisory Committee website to access the self-assessment. Enter “Family Engagement Toolkit” in the search window and hit the search button. Then click on the green button to download a copy of the toolkit.
  2. Print a copy of the self-assessment and fill it out according to the instructions. You will need to manually score your assessment.
  3. After you have scored your assessment, you can enter your final score online through Training Central. Your project manager or coach can assist you with this process.
  4. You are not required to enter the detailed results, but you may do so if you choose.
  5. Your results will be stored at the aggregate level, along with other providers.

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