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Recommendations From North Carolina on Family Engagement and Leadership in Early Care and Education

Research BriefEarly ChildhoodDec 7 2023



Katy Falletta and Kate Steber are joint first authors who contributed equally to this report.

As part of North Carolina’s Preschool Development Grant Birth to 5 (NC’s PDG B-5), the state invested in activities that provided opportunities for family engagement and leadership in the early childhood system. Child Trends and a community researcher partnered with the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) on a two-phase deep dive evaluation to learn more about these activities, gathering data from over 400 parents and caregivers who participated in them. This document presents key findings from this work, each of which is associated with recommendations for organizations and agencies seeking to meaningfully engage families in their work.

Suggested citation

Falletta, K., Steber, K., Vansell, C., & Bernabe, M. (2023). Recommendations from North Carolina on family engagement and leadership in early care and education. Child Trends. DOI: 10.56417/6315j9585j