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ERIC Number: ED561108
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Families, Powered On: Improving Family Engagement in Early Childhood Education through Technology. Policy Brief
Daugherty, Lindsay; Dossani, Rafiq; Johnson, Erin-Elizabeth; Wright, Cameron
RAND Corporation
Family engagement in the education of young children is associated with numerous positive outcomes for those children, and parents and other family members play an important role as "teachers" during the time children spend outside the classroom. Home-based involvement (e.g., a parent-led educational activity), school-based involvement (e.g., volunteering in the classroom), and school-home conferencing (e.g., speaking to a teacher about a child's progress) are the key components of family engagement, but there are barriers to all three. In this policy brief, we describe both the barriers that hinder family engagement and the ways in which technology may afford new opportunities to improve early childhood education outcomes--empowering families to become better educators at home, and strengthening connection and communication between school and home.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: PNC Foundation
Authoring Institution: RAND Education