As you begin to consider how you will engage families at the start of the new school year, it is important to reflect upon why family engagement is necessary and beneficial for children, families, and early childhood programs. Review Document #1: Blue Stream Early Learning Center Overview.In two to three pages, do the following:Explain why family engagement is important for the healthy development of children and why it is essential to creating a foundation for effective early childhood practice.Describe at least two strategies that you would use to engage families prior to the beginning of the school year.Explain why you chose these strategies and how each strategy can be used to promote a respectful, reciprocal, and responsive partnership with the families.

Document #1: Blue Stream Early Learning Center Overview

Center Information

Founded in 1978
Five Different Classroom Levels
· 6 weeks to 1 year old
· 1 year old to 2 years old
· 2 years old to 3 years old
· 3 years old
· 4 years old and 5 years old
Classroom Size: Up to 12 children
Teacher/Child Ratio: 1:4 to 1:12 (varies by level)
Current Enrollment: 46
No. of Teachers: 12

Student Demographics


White: 76%
Asian: 13%
Black: 3%
Hispanic: 8%


Female: 59%
Male: 41%

Household Income

Less than $25,000: 8%
$25,000 to $49,999: 23%
$50,000 to $74,999: 32%%
$75,000 to $99,999: 27%
$100,000 or more: 10%

Single-Income Household: 39%
Dual-Income Household: 61%

Household Type:
One-Parent: 17%
Two-Parent: 78%
Other (Grandparents, Relatives, etc.): 5%

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