Help families participate meaningfully
in their child’s education
Early educators are better when they truly know each child — culture, interests, and true nature. Family feedback plays a crucial part in building this picture.
However, families need something to react to. Cute pictures and/or dry checklists are unlikely to create that much needed feedback.
This is where Educa fits in.
Improving Family Engagement
Are your families engaging, meaning are they:
- Reading what you send?
- Responding to what you send?
- Participating by continuing the learning at home?
Family engagement starts with communications and assessment written in language families will read, and understand.
Educa supports family engagement with Learning Stories, heart-led assessment about the child’s activities at the center, that includes sections that describe the learning and outline the teacher’s thinking on next steps. Written in a easy-to-read storytelling format, supported with images and sometimes videos. More on our Learning Story software here.
1/ Are your messages being read?
Keeping families informed about activities at your center builds confidence in the job you are doing for their child.
A story about learning sent to family phones will be read. It’s a perfect opportunity to start a conversation about the child’s education.
2/ Are your families responding?
There’s not much families can say about cute photos and checklist assessments. Images speak themselves and checklists are not engaging.
Most Learning Stories end with a question for the family, an invitation to respond.
3/ Collaboration around learning
The idea of “parents as partners” (24/7 partners) is a holy grail of early childhood education all around the world. This only works if families and teachers are not on the same page. Learning Stories make this extension or continuity in learning much more possible.
Family Engagement Tools in Educa
Parents are invited on to Educa and can then invite extended family and specialists.
Individual or group stories can be read by families on any device. Educa has free iOS and Android apps.
Educa has reports to track family engagement overall and by family.