Understanding a Vision for Family Involvement

This training helps participants develop stronger partnerships with families and find effective ways of involving families in their program.  Program staff can draw on their own experiences to reflect on the roles of family as nurturer, advocate, and policymaker for their child/youth.  Understanding the variety of ways a family supports their child/youth’s learning and development can help staff to recognize and value these roles among the family members with whom they work. 

Listening and Responding to Families' Needs

Program staff must listen, with respect and affirmation, to the concerns of a child/youth’s family and accept the validity of the family’s point of view.  Well-developed communication skills enable staff to convey respect and concern by focusing attention on the child/youth’s needs while underscoring respect for the family through attentive listening and openness to the family’s point of view.