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Gov Hassan Ceremonially Signs Net-Metering Increase

Governor Hassan shows national leadership as state studies clean energy future

CONCORD, NH – Governor Maggie Hassan joined local businesses and solar advocates today for a ceremonial signing of New Hampshire’s net metering bill, HB 1116, and to continue pushing for energy choice and clean energy job growth to help make the Granite State a national leader.

The event took place at the Throwback Brewery in North Hampton, where ReVision Energy recently installed a 48-kilowatt rooftop array, making it New Hampshire’s largest solar-powered brewery. Governor Hassan demonstrated tremendous leadership by officially signing HB 1116 into law earlier this year and doubling the state’s net metering cap — net metering is a policy that enables the right to self-generation and fair credit for power sent to neighbors. The bill also initiated a 10-month study by the state’s Public Utility Commission (PUC) to explore the future of clean energy policy in New Hampshire.

“I am proud of our bipartisan work this year to raise the cap on net metering, which will help our clean energy industry continue to grow and thrive,” Governor Hassan said. “Solar and other small scale clean energy resources are creating good-paying, high-quality jobs, spurring economic development and helping combat climate change, which we see firsthand here in the state’s largest solar-powered brewery. I am confident that the PUC process will result in a fair net metering tariff that will encourage energy diversification and clean energy job growth, and I look forward to continuing to work with members from both parties and the business community to support our growing clean energy economy.”

Recent statewide polling shows that New Hampshire voters–both Republicans and Democrats–favor solar as an energy source, and a clear majority support net metering. Moreover, national polls have found solar energy to be an issue that could sway independent voters in key swing states like New Hampshire.

Solar energy is an exciting and growing sector that can help accelerate the state’s economy. Local businesses like ReVision Energy depend on strong, stable energy policy to allow them to create jobs throughout the state.

“Today New Hampshire has the second highest per capita fossil fuel consumption and carbon pollution in New England,” said Phil Coupe, Co-Founder of ReVision Energy. “We are honored to stand beside strong clean energy leaders like Governor Hassan who is taking decisive action to unleash the powerful job creation opportunity represented by the transition to solar energy. But to maximize the creation of solar jobs and to bring solar savings to more individuals and businesses, we need certainty and a well-defined time horizon on clean energy policy so that we can invest with confidence in a sustainable energy future for New Hampshire.”

What’s Next

The PUC has already kicked off their study process that will determine New Hampshire’s future around renewable energy and advancing clean jobs throughout the state. It’s critical that smart energy policies — like net metering — are upheld by the Commission to encourage energy choice and clean energy job growth across the state.

“Governor Hassan demonstrated great leadership by taking action to protect energy choice in New Hampshire, and we are hopeful regulators will do the same going forward,” said Chris Rauscher, Director of Public Policy for Sunrun and spokesperson for TASC. “We appreciate the opportunity to work with the Commission and collaborate with other stakeholders to find customer-focused policy solutions that will protect the ability of energy consumers to generate and use affordable solar power from their rooftops.

Transportation Trades Department AFL-CIO Praises Amtrak’s Purchase Of New High Speed Trains

Transportation Trade Department LogoVice President Biden’s Announcement on Amtrak Procurement
Boosts U.S. Transportation Manufacturing Job Creation

Washington, D.C. — Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), issues this statement following the announcement in Wilmington, DE by Vice President Joe Biden on the winning bidder in Amtrak’s high speed train purchase:

“The U.S. economy and working people scored a victory today following the announcement by Vice President Joe Biden that Amtrak will be purchasing a new high speed train fleet from Alstom, which will manufacture the trains at its Hornell, New York facility employing members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

“For many years we have advocated for rail and transit procurement policies that reward high-road employers whose manufacturing business models support middle class job creation here at home. For too long federal, state and local policies squandered billions of dollars in rail and transit fleet purchases by only requiring the bare minimum when it came to domestic content and expanding U.S. transportation manufacturing.

“Fortunately, Amtrak has taken an important step in embracing a new vision for how public dollars are spent when rail and transit systems upgrade their fleets. In its request for proposal (RFP) in July of 2014, Amtrak included a groundbreaking requirement that bidders submit a U.S. Employment Plan detailing their plans to create U.S. jobs and opportunities for disadvantaged American workers including veterans.

“Amtrak’s commitment to investing in American manufacturing and good-paying jobs marks a welcome change of direction by recognizing the advantages of best value contracts. This decision also reflects years of persistence by the Obama Administration to prioritize domestic manufacturing in the transportation sector. The President, Vice President and Transportation Secretary Foxx have consistently worked to promote stronger Buy America standards and tighten lax federal waiver rules that for decades mainstreamed excessive foreign outsourcing. 

“I want to congratulate the Jobs to Move American Coalition (JMA), which developed the U.S. Employment Plan and has been a leader in implementing smarter rail and transit procurement policies throughout the country. TTD is proud to be a member of JMA, and I believe that today’s announcement helps prove what we know to be true: public investments in rail and transit can and should be a major economic driver that create good jobs and launch a renaissance in transportation manufacturing.”

American Nurses Association Endorses Gov. Maggie Hassan In Senate Race

Image from Hassan Campaign (All Rights Reserved)

Image from Hassan Campaign (All Rights Reserved)

SILVER SPRING, MD – The American Nurses Association (ANA) and its Political Action Committee (ANA-PAC) announced today the endorsement of Gov. Maggie Hassan in her race to represent the residents of New Hampshire in the U.S. Senate. Each election cycle, ANA-PAC endorses candidates who have demonstrated strong support for nursing and health care issues and will best serve the interests of nurses and their patients.

Elected in 2012, Gov. Hassan has worked across party lines to successfully pass New Hampshire’s bipartisan Medicaid expansion plan, which is already providing quality, affordable coverage to nearly 50,000 residents of the Granite State, and reducing uncompensated care that shifts costs to individuals and businesses.

“I am honored to accept the endorsement of the American Nurses Association, which represents our country’s 3.6 million registered nurses,” said Gov. Maggie Hassan. “Ensuring that our citizens can live healthy, productive lives is essential to their freedom and well-being, and critical to our economy. As governor, I have worked to make health care more accessible and affordable for all of our people and businesses, including successfully passing and reauthorizing our bipartisan Medicaid expansion plan. I have worked with nurses and others on the front lines to combat the heroin and opioid crisis. And I have also worked to address our state’s health care workforce challenges. In the Senate, I will continue to fight to increase access to affordable health care and strengthen our health care workforce.”

“Gov. Hassan believes we need to move toward a system that rewards health outcomes and puts quality over the quantity of services that nurses provide. She is also an advocate of children’s health and safety. We know she will continue to support the work of nurses and patient safety in the Senate,” said Judith Joy, PhD, RN, executive director of the New Hampshire Nurses Association. “We applaud her leadership as governor and look forward to continuing to work with her to ensure nurses’ voices are heard on Capitol Hill.”

ANA-PAC works to ensure that nursing’s perspective is considered in policy decisions made on Capitol Hill. Endorsement decisions are based on several criteria including, but not limited to, candidate interviews, communication with ANA’s constituent and state nurses associations, campaign information, and the candidate’s voting record on ANA’s priority issues.

For more information, please visit ANA-PAC.

Teamsters Announce Endorsement Of Hillary Clinton For President

Teamsters: Clinton Will Be a Strong Voice for Working Families

Teamsters LogoToday, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters announced its endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president. The Teamsters General Executive Board unanimously voted to endorse the former senator and secretary of state.

“We are proud to endorse Hillary Clinton for President of the United States,” said Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa. “She is the right candidate for the middle class and working men and women across the country. She will stand strong for the workers of America by fighting to reject job-killing trade deals, enforcing labor laws and working to provide retirement security for millions of people who have sacrificed so much for the chance to retire with dignity.

“The Oval Office needs to be occupied by a serious candidate who understands what it means to govern responsibly,” Hoffa said. “Donald Trump supports national right-to-work laws that are proven to weaken the middle class and has a long track record of shipping jobs out of the country as a businessman. He is no friend to working Americans.”

Since announcing her campaign, Clinton has received the endorsement of 40 national unions, the AFL-CIO, and the North American Building Trades Unions, collectively representing 18.8 million members

Today, after receiving the endorsement of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, an international union with 1.4 million members in the U.S. and Canada, Hillary Clinton issued the following statement:

“I am honored to have earned the endorsement of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

“Unions like the International Brotherhood of Teamsters built the American middle class, and they make our economy run today. Teamsters keep our planes in the air, they put food on our shelves, and they get packages to our doors. In fighting for better wages and safer conditions on the job, the Teamsters are fighting for all America’s workers.  

“I have always been proud to stand with organized labor to create good jobs with good benefits and wages that make it possible to build a middle-class life. As President, I will stand with organized labor and I will always fight for workers’ rights to retire with dignity and security, and to receive the benefits they have earned after years of hard work.

“The stakes in this election couldn’t be higher. The Republican candidate for President is a man who has said wages are ‘too high’ in this country. Donald Trump personally signed a contract to hire a union-busting firm to try to stop his workers from organizing in his Las Vegas hotel. His running mate is a man who consistently supported efforts to undermine Social Security and who repealed Indiana’s 80-year-old prevailing wage law. Workers deserve better. And both of them support so-called ‘right to work’ laws that make it harder for workers to organize. I am proud to stand with organized labor against these laws, because ‘right to work’ is wrong for workers and wrong for America.

“If elected, American workers will always have a seat at the table and a champion in the White House–because when unions are strong, America is strong.”

Dan Weeks Reports Record Small Donations and Total Fundraising for NH Executive Council

NASHUA, NH – Executive Council candidate and good-government reformer Dan Weeks (D-Nashua) announced Thursday that his campaign raised a record 1,035 individual donations totaling $154,173 from March to August, while rejecting corporate special interest support and voluntarily capping contributions far below the legal limit of $7,000.

According to the report – the first official filing of the 2016 election cycle – more than half of Weeks’ campaign contributions came in amounts of $50 or less and nearly 80% in amounts of $100 or less. Both the number of individual donations and total amount raised are records up to this point in a NH Executive Council campaign, according to past reports filed with the NH Secretary of State. The report followed an earlier voluntary filing at the end of June (the only such filing by an Executive Council candidate), in keeping with Weeks’ longstanding advocacy for transparent and accountable campaigns. Weeks’ opponent, incumbent Councilor David Wheeler, refused to follow suit.

Report Summary, March-August 2016 (campaign to-date)

Donation Size

Donations Count

Percent of Donations

$50 or less

577

55.7%

$100 or less

813

78.5%

$250 or less

911

88%

$500 or less

978

94.4%

Total Donations

1,035

100%

Total Amount

$154,173

100%

“When I announced my candidacy in March, I asked the voters of District 5 to join me in practicing a different kind of politics, free from the undue influence of big money contributors,” Weeks said. “I am honored that thousands of fellow citizens have stepped forward already – as small donors, ballot petition signers, or volunteers – to make this a people-powered campaign. I believe today’s official fundraising report, showing record individual donations and not a dime in corporate support, is evidence that voters value democracy and want candidates who practice it in their campaigns.”

Weeks, who stepped down in March as Executive Director of the nonpartisan government watchdog group Open Democracy, has long advocated for increased transparency and campaign finance reform. Among his reform proposals, reiterated in a letter to Secretary of State Bill Gardner in July, are capping contributions to state candidates at $1,000 for the primary and general elections by removing the political committee loophole (whereby candidates may accept up to $5,000 per contributor prior to filing their candidacy); prohibiting direct corporate contributions to campaigns; requiring all state candidates with receipts over $500 to file their fundraising reports online on a minimum quarterly basis; and enacting citizen-funded elections via voucher or matching funds for qualifying candidates who voluntarily accept only small donations. Weeks has sought to voluntarily model these reforms in his campaign.

“Strengthening democracy and stopping big money politics has been the central focus of my professional life since attending ConVal high school here in District 5 and meeting Granny D,” Weeks said. “Although more work needs to be done at the legislative level to increase disclosure and implement citizen-funded elections, I believe that candidates can and must ‘walk the talk’ by voluntarily capping and disclosing their donations, and saying no to corporate support. That’s what I have done, and will continue to do, throughout my campaign. I urge my opponent to do the same.”

Governor Maggie Hassan Celebrates Women’s Equality Day with Women Business Leader Roundtable

Maggie Hassan Business Roundtable

PORTSMOUTH – Today, Governor Maggie Hassan celebrated Women’s Equality Day with a roundtable discussion at Brown & Company Design on the importance of expanding economic opportunity for Granite State women and families. Women’s Equality Day commemorates the 19th Amendment taking effect and calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. 

“We know that when we include more people in our shared economic success, we all do better – and that includes ensuring that our women and families have the opportunity to thrive,” said Governor Maggie Hassan. “In New Hampshire, we have worked together to ensure that women have the same opportunities as their male counterparts, and I will continue this critical work in the United States Senate.”

Governor Hassan has always fought to expand economic opportunity for women and families. As Governor, she was proud to sign New Hamsphire’s Paycheck Fairness Act to help ensure that women receive equal pay for an equal day’s work. And she has laid out her priorities for supporting New Hampshire’s women and families in her Innovate NH 2.0 economic plan, including passing the federal Paycheck Fairness Act, expanding paid family leave to ensure that workers are able to support their families during times of need at home and supporting women-owned businesses.

“It was an honor to host Governor Hassan at Brown & Company Design and hear more about her priorities for expanding economic opportunity for Granite State women and families in the United States Senate,” said Mary Jo Brown of Brown & Company Design. “We have made real progress in New Hampshire toward ensuring that all women earn equal pay for equal work and encouraging women-owned businesses, but unfortunately there is still more to do on the federal level. I know that in Washington, Governor Hassan will continue fighting for us and work to make progress on crucial priorities like expanding paid family leave.” 

“Governor Hassan has been a strong advocate for New Hampshire’s women and families, and we need her common-sense problem solving in the United States Senate,” said former New Hampshire Speaker Terie Norelli. “As Speaker of the House, I saw Governor Hassan’s bipartisan leadership firsthand as we got things done to expand economic opportunity for Granite Staters, including signing New Hampshire’s Paycheck Fairness Act and expanding health coverage to nearly 50,000 Granite Staters. And that’s exactly the kind of leadership we need in the United States Senate.”

THIS WEEKEND: John Kasich Returns to Granite State to Bolster Anti-Women’s Health Candidates

Chris Sununu, Kelly Ayotte to Receive Support from Governor
Who Made Life a
“Living Hell” for Women in Ohio

Governor John Kasich Caricature  (Image by DonkeyHotey)

Governor John Kasich Caricature
(Image by DonkeyHotey)

CONCORD—This weekend, defeated Republican Presidential candidate and Ohio Governor, John Kasich is coming back to New Hampshire to throw his support behind fellow anti-women’s health candidates, Chris Sununu and Kelly Ayotte.

“What do John Kasich, Chris Sununu, and Kelly Ayotte have in common? All three have used their power to defund Planned Parenthood and obstruct access to health care for thousands of women,” said Victoria Bonney, Communications Manager of Planned Parenthood New Hampshire Action Fund. “Support for defunding Planned Parenthood may be a shared crusade for John Kasich, Kelly Ayotte, and Chris Sununu, but it’s a losing issue with New Hampshire voters who overwhelmingly believe low-income women and families should have access to lifesaving preventive and reproductive health care.”

As Governor of Ohio, John Kasich has put restrictions on women’s health care that are some of the harshest in the country. His war on women’s health has a long list of offenses. Like Chris Sununu and Kelly Ayotte who have both voted to defund Planned Parenthood, John Kasich is no moderate. Since taking office, he has: 

  • Enacted 18 measures to restrict access to reproductive health care and nearly half of the abortion providers in the state have shuttered.
  • Prohibited rape crisis counselors from telling women that they had the option to access abortion services.
  • Prohibited almost all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, mandate ultrasounds before a woman can get an abortion, and require medically unnecessary and burdensome requirements that have shut down health centers.
  • Signed legislation which defunded Planned Parenthood and slashed Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies  a Planned Parenthood program that specifically helped prevent infant mortality — the largest infant mortality prevention program in the state, having served hundreds of  new or expectant mothers in the last year alone. This in spite of the fact that the State of Ohio has the sixth highest infant mortality rate for African Americans in the country and has been ranked the sixth worst state in the country to raise an African-American child.
  • Placed the blame for high rates of infant mortality on black women, saying “the [minority] community itself is going to have to have a better partnership with all of us to begin to solve that
    problem with infant mortality in the minority community, because we’re making gains in the majority community.”
  • Targeted funding for programs for domestic violence prevention, HIV testing, and breast cancer screenings, simply because they were administered through Planned Parenthood health centers.
  • Defunded health care services at Planned Parenthood jeopardizing access to care for  thousands of Ohio patients. 80,000 Ohioans come to Planned Parenthood annually for birth control, cancer screenings, STI testing, and other preventive reproductive health care and Kasich’s policies put them at risk. 

And it wasn’t just policy. John Kasich was insulting to women on the campaign trail too:

  • John Kasich insulted women across America by thanking them for leaving “their kitchens” to help knock on doors for his campaign.
  • Earlier on his Presidential campaign, Kasich had a blatantly offensive exchange with a young University of Richmond student who was exercising her civic duty by asking Kasich a question about his policies.  When calling on her, Kasich said, “I’m sorry, I don’t have any tickets for Taylor Swift or anything.” 
  • At another campaign stop in Iowa, Mic reported that, while discussing the fiscal responsibilities of elected officials, Kasich singled out a woman in the audience and asked her, “Have you ever been on a diet?”
  • When asked what he would do as president to protect women from domestic violence, John Kasich advised that women should not “go to parties where there’s a lot of alcohol.”

With statements like these it is no wonder women were drawn to his Presidential campaign.  

NH Military Vets, Residents Ramp Up Pressure on Senator Kelly Ayotte to Disavow Donald Trump

Vets Petition Delivery 2More than 113,000 Nationwide Call on Sen. Kelly Ayotte and GOP Leaders to Denounce Trump over Attacks on Gold Star Families, Military Veterans, Active Duty Servicemembers and the Constitution

Nashua, New Hampshire — On Friday, August 26th, U.S. military veterans Will Hopkins, Andrea Goldstein, Art Desmarais and Will Thomas, joined by New Hampshire residents, will deliver more than 113,000 signatures to New Hampshire GOP Senator Kelly Ayotte, urging her to denounce and revoke her support for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump over his relentless attacks against the Gold Star family of Humayun Khan, a U.S. soldier who died in Iraq.  

Vets Petition Delivery 1Hopkins, Goldstein, Desmarais, Thomas and other New Hampshire residents argue that Ayotte’s failure to denounce and withdraw her overall support for Trump over his attacks on veterans, the Constitution, and the women and men currently serving in the U.S. military are a continued endorsement of the Republican presidential nominee. The event is a partnership between MoveOn.org Political Action and Common Defense PAC.

Will Hopkins is a lifelong New Hampshire resident who served for six years in the New Hampshire National Guard. He was decorated for valor during a year-long tour in Iraq as an Infantryman, including the fall 2004 Fallujah offensive. Hopkins also served in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.  He was honorably discharged upon completion of his six year term in the National Guard.

Andrea Goldstein served on active duty 2009-2016 as a naval officer, primarily with expeditionary forces. She is master’s degree candidate in International Relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She is a regular contributor to veterans’ news and culture blog Task & Purpose.

Vets Petition Delivery 3Art Desmarais served 14 years in the Army Reserves from 1976 to 1990 including a tour in Honduras as a combat engineer. He has been in construction most of his life as a laborer, foremen, superintendent, union rep, and most recently as a business owner. He is married with two children, is now retired, and enjoys riding his motorcycle as often as possible.

Will Thomas served in the United States Navy including serving on the USS Okinawa during the Cuban Missile Crisis (1962). He taught U.S. history at Manchester Central High School.

View the petition herehttp://pac.petitions.moveon.org/sign/join-fellow-veterans

“Senator Ayotte wants us to believe she cares about our military, but her plan to vote for Donald Trump suggests otherwise,” said Will Hopkins, the U.S. military veteran and MoveOn member spearheading the petition delivery to Senator Ayotte’s office. “As someone who served in combat in Iraq, I know that it is impulsive, reckless, over-confident people like Donald Trump who get people killed. If Senator Ayotte cares about the people of New Hampshire, she needs to stop putting her political party before our lives, our families, and our Constitution, all of which have been attacked by Donald Trump. She can’t have it both ways. Senator Ayotte must completely reject Donald Trump.”

Vets Petition Delivery 4“I am a military veteran and the granddaughter of refugees who came to America fleeing religious persecution, seeking the freedom of religion protected by the Constitution,” said Andrea Goldstein. “Donald Trump’s disrespect for our Constitution goes against everything that truly makes our country great.”

“As a Navy veteran who was on the USS Okinawa during the 1962 blockade and Cuban missile crisis, I would not want someone like Donald Trump with his finger on the nuclear trigger,” said Will Thomas.  “I was 19 years old, and if cooler heads had not prevailed I would not have made it to my twentieth birthday. Trump has not shown himself to have a temperament that can be trusted with nuclear weapons.”

“Senator Ayotte must realize the damage that Donald Trump is doing to our communities with his language of hate and fear,” said Art Desmarais.

Video from the petition delivery was posted on Facebook by MoveOn.Org here and can be seen below.

 

NEA-NH Recommends Lee Nyquist In Senate District 9 Primary

CONCORD – Community leader, town moderator, and attorney Lee Nyquist received the recommendation of the National Education Association of New Hampshire (NEA-NH), New Hampshire’s largest public sector union. 

“Lee Nyquist knows first-hand how a high quality public education can change a student’s life for the better,” said Scott McGilvray, NEA-NH President. “That’s one of the many reasons why we are excited to recommend him. We know that as a state senator, Lee will work tirelessly to ensure that our educators and support staff have the resources they need to help every child reach their full potential.” 

“As the first in my family to attend a four year college, thanks in very large part to dedicated public school teachers, the recommendation of NEA-NH is an honor I am very grateful to have,” said Lee Nyquist. “As a state senator I look forward to working to build partnerships between school districts and employers for vocational training programs, continuing the tuition freeze in the UNH system, and to working to ensure that our educators and support staff have the resources they need to help so many children have brighter futures.” 

Nyquist and other candidates go through a vetting process that includes a education and labor questionnaire that is then reviewed by the Government Relations Committee. The committee is made up of  “teachers, education support professionals and retired members appointed by the NEA-NH president and approved by the Executive Board,” explained NEA-NH spokesman George Strout.  

A recommendation is the fullest and most complete level of support NEA-NH can give a candidate.  

“The process is designed to find out, face-to-face, where candidates stand on our issues, and then recommend to our members the candidate who the Committee believes would best serve our students, our members and public education.  The Committee does not look at issues beyond public education and public sector collective bargaining rights,” Strout added.

Nyquist is currently in a contested primary against businesswoman Jeanne Dietsch who recently made headlines on the NHLN for burning the AFP’s Right to Work Pledge.

The winner of the primary with then go on to face Senator Andy Sanborn who referred to raising the minimum wage as a “war on employers,” voted against the medicaid expansion and is a strong proponent of Right to Work legislation.

Granite State Rumblings: Enhancing Public Education With Family Engagement

As the kids get ready to head off to school, our early education settings and elementary schools are doing more to engage the entire family in the educational process of their learners. They have come to realize that raising our next generation is a shared responsibility. When families, communities, early learning centers and schools work together, students are more successful and the entire community benefits.

The U.S. Departments of Education and Health Human Services have issued a new Family Engagement Policy Statement.

“Implementing effective family engagement practices to promote positive child outcomes will require bold leadership and dedication from all institutions where children learn,” write the Secretaries of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services In a joint letter sharing their new family engagement policy statement.

Released in May 2016, the policy statement outlines family engagement recommendations for birth-through-eight early childhood systems and programs. It emphasizes that family engagement is not optional for children’s healthy intellectual, physical, and social-emotional development and academic success. It describes family engagement in early learning programs and elementary schools and its value as “support[ing] families as they teach, nurture, and advocate for their children. In turn, family engagement supports and improves the early learning programs in which children are cared for and taught.”

The Departments identify ten common principles of effective family engagement and include examples of what each looks like in practice.

Principle

Practice Highlights

Create continuity and consistency for children and families.

Promote a vision for family engagement that is consistent across systems and programs.

Value respectful and trusting relationships between families and professional.

Value families’ experiences and strengths and provide opportunities for shared learning.

 

Encourage two-way communication by welcoming information from families on all aspects of the child’s life and development, including their culture, traditions, and home language.

 

Develop goal-oriented relationships with families that are linked to children’s development and learning.

Work with families to identify specific strategies that support children’s development and learning at home and in the classroom and community.

Engage families around children’s health, mental health, and social and emotional well-being.

Ensure programs and families know about child development related to health, mental health, and social and emotional well-being and have access to the tools they need to promote child well-being at home and in the classroom.

Ensure that all family engagement opportunities are culturally and linguistically responsive.

Ensure that the environment, curricula and all family engagement opportunities respect, reflect, and embrace families’ cultures, are devoid of bias, and are linguistically accessible.

Build staff capacity to implement family engagement practice principles.

Prioritize professional development that support staff to view parents as capable, competent partners.

Support families’ connections and capabilities.

Provide opportunities for families to build upon their knowledge and skills; advocate; share experiences and expertise; and take on leadership and advocacy roles.

Systemically embed effective family engagement strategies within early childhood systems and programs.

Align, integrate and coordinate family engagement strategies in all aspects of programming.

Develop strong relationships with community partners that support families.

Establish formal partnerships with community partners, such as after-school programs, social service agencies, adult education programs, one stop career centers, medical homes, public housing authorities, and libraries, to promote family wellness and adult learning, and enhance children’s learning and family stability.

Continuously learn and improve.

Measure effectiveness.

To implement family engagement practices across birth-through-eight systems, the statement recommends actions at the state and local levels. Highlights of steps states can take include:

  • Plan for and prioritize family engagement, including developing statewide early childhood and early elementary school policies on family engagement.
  • Communicate consistent messages that support strong family engagement, including modeling cultural responsiveness in all state outreach to families.
  • Invest and allocate, including establishing or enhancing statewide technical assistance on family engagement in early childhood systems and programs; and establishing community parenting and family engagement hubs that bring educators and families together to access information and engage in shared learning.
  • Establish policies, procedures, and practices that support family engagement, beginning with reviewing and prioritizing policies that are most effective in supporting family engagement. The statement offers several examples of policies to consider, including using federal funds from the Every Student Succeeds Act to support the implementation of more robust, research-based parent and family engagement practices in school districts.

At the local-level, recommendations cover the following topics:

  • Providing Access to Families and Invite Them to Participate in Learning Activities
  • Creating Family Friendly Environment
  • Supporting Family Connections
  • Developing Family and Professional Relationships Linked to Learning, Development, and Wellness
  • Providing Two-Way Communication
  • Supporting Families as Decision Makers
  • Establishing Supportive Transitions to New Learning Settings
  • Providing Family Supports
  • Providing Voluntary Home Visits
  • Establishing Formal Relationships with Community Partners
  • Making Data about Children’s Progress Accessible and Understandable to Parents
  • Establishing workforce capacity building that supports family engagement

Click here to read the Policy Statement on Family Engagement from the Early Years to the Early Grades.

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