Engaging Parents as Partners to Support Early Child Health and Development

 

Ensuring and coordinating services that support young children’s healthy development requires strong and effective partnerships between families and health care providers.

This brief puts forth a three-part framework for engaging parents in supporting healthy child development: parents engaging with: 1) their child, 2) the services and programs they receive, and 3) the larger systems and policies that govern those services. It describes each level of engagement, explains why each is critical to improving care coordination and services for young children, and gives examples of how states can incorporate parent partnerships into their work. The framework represents a dynamic structure in which the three types of partnership support and inform each other.

 

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