This month, Quality Counts California (QCC) released a new virtual family engagement toolkit for childcare providers as part of a statewide initiative to strengthen California’s early learning and care system.

QCC collaborated with a variety of childcare providers, professionals, and experts to develop the toolkit with the goal of helping the early childhood workforce to build strengths-based relationships with the young children and families in their care through meaningful engagement.

The resource is divided into five content-rich learning modules that providers can work through and complete.

  • Module 1: The What, Why, and How of Family Engagement
  • Module 2: Build Strengths-Based Relationships
  • Module 3: Respect the Family’s Role in the Child’s Development
  • Module 4: Show Cultural Respect
  • Module 5: Take a Shared Approach to Family Engagement

Also available is an infographic that shows the topics that can be explored within the kit, as well as a guide to state and national family engagement resources.

The toolkit, available in both English and Spanish, is facilitated and funded by First 5 California and designed to benefit any person who works with families. As an additional benefit, childcare providers may receive professional development hours for their participation.

Access the Quality Counts California Family Engagement Toolkit.

Questions about the toolkit? Please contact WestEd Senior Research Associate Evelina Du at