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Radical Family Engagement Event

Radical Family Engagement; A Journey Like No OtherACF’s Office of Early Childhood Development (ECD) is hosting a series of conversations with key cross-sector partners throughout October and targeted engagements during the week of October 26th, 2020 to bring new insights for how RADICAL family engagement could change the landscape of education and early childhood systems, starting in the early years.

To hear more from Dr. Bergeron about What is Radical Family Engagement visit:

To learn more about the speakers participating in this week's events download the Bio Book:

Overview: Radical Family Engagement has yet to be fully realized or embraced by K-12 and other systems serving children and families. We are at critical moment to bring public and private stakeholders together, with parents at the center, to learn, re-think, shift the current philosophy, and co-create a more meaningful system that is grounded in equity and Radical Family Engagement.

Purpose: To prioritize Radical Family Engagement through shared learning to deepen our understanding about what is needed to authentically engage parents and cross-sector partners to ensure successful transitions for children from early childhood programs to K-12.

Result: Identify and commit to 3 tangible shared actions in 2020-2021 to advance radical family engagement strategies around transitions of young children from early childhood programs to K-12 – at the federal level and in partnership with our stakeholders.

orange boxOctober 26, 2020 - 1:30 p.m. ET

What do Parents Need and What Can They Do?

Office of Early Childhood Development and the U.S. Department of Education partner with ParentCamp to co-host a virtual Early Childhood “unconference”

Audience: Parents/Caregivers with at least one child 0-5 years or life experience

Purpose: Discuss what families identify as their needs as they engage with professionals around their children’s early learning, and how those needs can inform the week of events and follow-up actions.



purple boxOctober 27, 2020 - 1:30 p.m. ET

What Do Schools Need and What Can They Do?

ECD and AASA will host a virtual chat with educators/superintendents/federal partners

Audience: Education leaders (superintendents/principals), early childhood leaders, parents

Purpose: Deep dive into state and local innovations in education to engage parents, and where we need to go from here to ensure strong transitions, school readiness and health and well-being from early childhood to K-12 and beyond.



Red BoxOctober 28, 2020 - 12:00 noon ET

What Does Government Need and What Can They Do?

ECD will host a fish-bowl discussion with the Early Childhood Health and Well-being Federal Leadership Group around Radical Family Engagement

Audience: Federal and external cross-sector stakeholders, parents

Purpose: Interactive conversation with federal leaders about what radical family engagement means for their programs.



Green BoxOctober 29, 2020 - 1:30 p.m. ET

What Do Organizations Need and What Can They Do?

ECD will host a Radical Family Engagement Continuum Conversation

Audience: National organizations, philanthropy, ECD stakeholders, parents, federal partners

Purpose: A dynamic national conversation to examine existing approaches to family engagement for shared learning and to identify gaps and opportunities for partnerships and aligning efforts.



blue boxOctober 30, 2020 - 1:30 p.m. ET

What Actions Can We Take Together?

Radical Family Engagement – Call for Shared Action for Shared Impact

Audience: National organizations, philanthropy, ECD stakeholders, parents, federal partners; invited presenters/participants from events during the week

Purpose: Summarize insights from the week and announce ECD’s year-long commitment to shared action to advance Radical Family Engagement activities for shared impact throughout 2020-2021. Participants can share specific actions they will also be taking to advance radical family engagement.





Last Reviewed: October 7, 2020