This week the ALA Washington Office submitted comments to the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education in response to their call for comments on their joint draft policy statement on family engagement and early learning. The draft policy statement includes specific Principles of Effective Family Engagement Practices and recommendations for state and local action. It also reviews relevant research and includes an appendix with resources for planning engagement programs, professional development, and families.
The ALA Washington Office gathered input and guidance from ALA’s youth divisions (AASL, ALSC, and YALSA) and PLA to develop strong examples of national, state, and local library programs and initiatives that support early learning, foster lifelong learning habits, and seek to engage parents and other caregivers during these important early years.
To read more about the ALA Washington Office’s comments, visit District Dispatch.
Author: Meg Featheringham, KQ Editor
Meg Featheringham is responsible for the development and production of the AASL journal, Knowledge Quest. When not working at AASL, Meg enjoys playing euchre, attending concerts and plays, spending time with family and friends, and reading (of course).