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1-013 - Family Engagement in Early Childhood: New Findings Across Developmental Periods, Intervention Types, and Ecological Settings

Thu, March 21, 9:30 to 11:00am, Baltimore Convention Center, Floor: Level 3, Room 319

Session Type: Paper Symposium

Integrative Statement

Research has long established the central role families play in promoting children’s positive early development. Yet, studies of parents in this period are too often siloed, with little synthesis of learning and theories across developmental periods, intervention types, and ecological settings. This paper symposium brings together new research focused on family engagement in the 0-5 period that spans the infancy, toddler, preschool, and kindergarten transition periods, and different intervention or program types. The first paper examines the types of home-learning activities families engage in while their children are enrolled in prekindergarten, whether these activities differ by family SES, and the value-added of these activities in contributing to children’s learning. The second paper examines how parent-school engagement varies across the prekindergarten year and across rural versus urban settings. The third paper examines which families actively participate in a multi-tiered 0-3 intervention designed to address poverty-related disparities through universal parenting program and a secondary/tertiary prevention program at home. The fourth paper examines impacts of a parenting program designed to support children’s transition from Head Start to kindergarten on children’s executive function skills and mediational pathways to third-grade academic skills. This symposium offers a rare opportunity for the kind of synthesis and cross-setting learning necessary to inform the next generation of family engagement research.

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