Definition and Indicators for Family Centered Practice:
Builds a relationship and partnership with each child’s caregiving family to support their participation in their child’s intervention and learning.
- Supports families in their caregiving role of their child
- Uses effective communication (listening, speaking, writing) skills with all families across cultural, linguistic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
- Includes the family in all components of the early childhood intervention service delivery process.
- Provides information, guidance, and education to families about child development and their child’s health and safety needs.
- Provides information, guidance, and education to families about regulations, policies, and procedures for eligibility intervention and transitions under IDEA and other early childhood programs.
- Provides information, guidance, and education to families about early childhood intervention and inclusive service delivery.
- Collaborates with the family to identify the family’s strengths, needs, concerns, priorities.
- Refers families to resources and services to help them meet the needs of their child, their family, and themselves.
- Provides information to the family about parental rights and safeguards and how to advocate for themselves, their family, and their child.
Case studies illustrate the cross disciplinary competencies and are for use by Higher Education faculty and Professional development staff.
Case Study: Family Centered Practice