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Maximizing Parent Knowledge, Choice, and Engagement includes four strategies designed to maximize parent and family engagement in early childhood services and to make appropriate connections to a broad array of child and family services within the Birth through Five (B-5) system. Specific strategies will be implemented to reach families enrolled in NC Pre-K, who speak English as a second language, and/or have a child with a disability.
Through a partnership with the NC Partnership for Children and Duke University, the evidence-based Family Connects home visiting program will be expanded to serve 9,900 families with newborns, with goal to reach 60% of Medicaid births. For the initial pilot, participating parents primarily in high need counties will receive telehealth/telephonic visits from a registered nurse (RN). The RN will support families by addressing newborn and maternal health concerns, responding to immediate needs for support and guidance such as breastfeeding and home safety, linking families to community services leveraging NCCARE360, and helping new parents learn to better connect with their infant. This work will inform plans to scale and expand this service for all 100 counties.
State-level early childcare and education stakeholders will engage in activities to support family engagement, with a focus on strengthening family leadership.
The North Carolina Partnership for Children will increase local capacity to improve and promote family engagement across systems by engaging 40 local Smart Start partnerships in collaborating within their communities and implementing the Family Engagement and Leadership Framework. Local Smart Start partnerships will adapt policies, processes or programs based on parent input to support and prepare families to be leaders in the ECE system.
PBS NC will partner with local communities to host events aimed at deepening engagement with educators and families (specifically those that are under-served, including families enrolled in NC Pre-K, tribal families, families with English as a second language, and families with children with special needs). Goals include: