Family Supports

Parents and families are the best and most valuable sources of information about their children’s development and their experiences outside of the learning environment. Dual and multilingual families bring cultural and linguistic richness to our learning settings and partner with us to support their children’s language growth and development.

Family engagement starts with personal face-to-face conversations with families early on. These first interactions are critically important to both learning about the child’s early language learning environment and establishing a bond with families based on mutual trust and respect.

The Family Supports Strategy creates a foundation of knowledge, partnership, and trust between families and providers so together, they enrich language learning experiences for young multilingual learners.

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Family Supports for Center-Based Child Care

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Family Supports for Family Child Care (FCC)

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Family Supports for Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) Child Care

Family Supports promote...

  • Parent, family, and provider conversations and knowledge sharing
  • Opportunities to value and learn about home languages and cultures
  • Regular and ongoing communication and partnership

Considerations as you design Family Supports for your multilingual learners:

Family Languages and Interests Interview

The Family Languages and Interests Interview is a tool to help providers identify Dual Language Learners (DLLs) and concisely collect relevant information about a child’s early language learning, better understanding the child’s development from the families’ perspective. The tool can be used to begin the discussion with families and form partnerships centered on common goals for their children.

Based on California legislation passed in 2021 and 2022, this tool is now required for all California State Preschool Program (CSPP) contractors to use in both identification and support of DLLs. Recently implemented legislation also requires this in General Child Care and Development (CCTR) and Migrant Child Care (CMIG) programs.

The following section provides a copy of the tool and information about its features and use.

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Demo (English)

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Demo (Spanish)