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Engage Families

Engage families at my center or FCCH


Family engagement is designed to include families as partners in a child’s development, learning, and wellness. Providers are encouraged to create positive relationships between families and staff in early learning programs. Children who feel connected with their family and teachers feel safe, supported, and ready to learn.

Benefits of Family Engagement


Child BenefitsParent BenefitsProvider Benefits
Improved school readiness and
cognitive outcomes
View themselves as their child’s
first and most important teacher
Increased parent satisfaction, thus
reducing child turnover
Improved social and emotional
development
View themselves as partners with
the teacher
Gain resources through parent
contribution of skills and knowledge
Reduced problem behaviors at
home and school
Establish social connections with
other parents
Increased volunteer participation
Establish social connections with
other parents
Better understanding of family dynamic

How to Engage Families


For ideas on how to engage families at your center or FCCH, visit the Activities, Resources and
Information Calendar, or visit ELC of Duval’s Pinterest page, or the Family Engagement Resources
list below.

Benefits of the Mentorship Program


  • Builds relationships and increase peer networking
  • Decreases feelings of isolation
  • Provides collaborative support to both mentors and mentees
  • Develops leadership skills
  • Builds a community feeling
  • Participants receive a stipend and material

Director Mentorship Program


ELC of Duval’s Director Mentorship Program is for providers interested in professional growth and peer collaboration and hold a school readiness contract. The mentorship programs connect people with specific skills and knowledge (mentors) with individuals (protégés) who need or want the same skills and advantages to grow professionally and in skill level.

If you are interested in applying to the ten-month program, email jdavis@elcduval.org. Spaces are limited.

I need help with family engagement


StaffContact Information
Charlene Gross
Director of Family Engagement
cgross@elcduval.org
904-208-2044, ext. 240
Jeanine Davis
Family Engagement Trainer
jdavis@elcduval.org
904-208-2044, ext. 220
Betsy Porter
Family Engagement Trainer
eporter@elcduval.org
904-208-2044, ext. 292

Family Engagement Resources and Tutorials

Division of Early Learning – Family EngagementClick Here
Division of Early Learning – Birth to KindergartenClick Here
Division of Early Learning – Parents’ PagesClick Here
VroomClick Here
PNC Grow Up GreatClick Here
Child Care AwareClick Here
NAEYC – Family EngagementClick Here
Jacksonville Public Library – Kids and TeensClick Here
Jacksonville Public Library – EventsClick Here
Pinwheels for PreventionClick Here
Child Welfare Information GatewayClick Here
Zero to FiveClick Here
Head Start – Families as Lifelong EducatorsClick Here
Florida Head StartClick Here
Save the Children – Importance of Early LearningClick Here

Your registration information is being reviewed. You will be contacted within 48 business hours.

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