Alejandra Ros Pilarz, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor | University of Wisconsin-Madison
2019 Mini-Grant Awardee

Family engagement is considered a key component of preschool program quality, and early care and education teachers and programs are increasingly expected to engage families in their programs. However, there is limited knowledge on what strategies preschool programs use to engage families and how these family engagement practices vary across programs. This study uses survey data collected from public pre-kindergarten program administrators and teachers in a mid-sized, urban school district to describe various types of family engagement practices and to examine associations between family engagement practices and pre-k program, classroom, and teacher and administrator characteristics. Thematic analyses of open-ended survey responses are used to triangulate and complement the quantitative findings. Findings provide insight into potential barriers and facilitators of family engagement in preschool programs.


Research Talk with Q & A


Zoom Virtual Platform
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Wednesday, February 3rd 2021
3:30p-4:30p CST