This topical guide on family engagement was developed in partnership with the Early Intervention Training Program to be used by professionals practicing in the Early Intervention program.


Contact us via online form or by phone (1-877-275-3227) to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian).

The Early Intervention Guidebook for Families and Professionals: Partnering for Success.
Bonnie Keilty
Teachers College Press, 2015
With a focus on how families and professionals can collaborate effectively so that infants and toddlers learn, grow, and thrive, this newly revised guidebook reflects recent research and best-practices in the field of early intervention.
WS 350.6 .K27 2016 937999299

Family-Centered Early Intervention : Supporting Infants and Toddlers in Natural Environments
Sharon A. Raver
Brookes Publishing, 2015
This book offers recommended practices for family-centered, evidence-based intervention and team collaboration to ensure the best possible outcomes for infants and young children involved in early intervention programs.
LC 4019.3 .R39 2015 894670517

The Early Childhood Coaching Handbook
Dathan Rush & M’Lisa Shelden
Brooks Publishing, 2011
This hands-on guide shows professionals how to conduct skillful coaching in any setting—home, school, or community.
LB 1775.6 .R87 2011 695683568

Early Intervention Every Day! Embedding Activities in Daily Routines for Young Children and Their Families
Merle Crawford & Barbara Weber
Brooks Publishing, 2014
Targeting 80 skills in six key developmental domains for children birth to age 3, this reader-friendly guide gives families and professionals dozens of ready-to-use ideas for embedding learning opportunities in everyday routines.
HV 888.5 .C73 2013 847985635

Parent Engagement in Early Learning: Strategies for Working with Families
Julie Powers
Redleaf Press, 2016
This book demonstrates how to improve parent-teacher communication, deal with family issues and special complications, and how to work with the modern family.LB 1139.35 .P37 .P693 2016 927438725


Contact us to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian). Some videos may be viewed online.

In-home early intervention: supporting families and their infants with special needs
16 minute DVD
Child Development Media, 2011
The framework of in-home intervention is composed of many factors that affect the effectiveness and quality of services to families and their infants with disabilities. This video demonstrates components of the framework through home visits with two separate families of differing cultural backgrounds and family compositions.
  HQ 759.913 .In49sup 2011 781100251

Florida State University
Family Guided Routines Based Intervention
The videos on this page can be used to promote recommended early intervention practices.

The University of New Mexico’s FIT Video Library
The purpose of the FIT Video Library is to share information with early intervention practitioners and families by providing illustrations of evidence-based and recommended early intervention practices.

Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development Center


We are still adding to this resource guide. Please check back later for additional resources.


The journal titles linked below will take you to the publisher's homepage. You can ask your local public librarian how to obtain these articles or contact us for more information.

Young Exceptional Children 16(1), 3-15
A framework for providing culturally responsive early intervention services
Wendy Bradshaw.  (2012)
The purpose of this article is to provide a framework that offers a way for EI service providers to better meet the needs of the culturally diverse children and families they serve.

Young Exceptional Children, 18(1), 44- 47
A case for family coaching in early intervention.
Branson, D. (2015)
The author presents an overview of the development of coaching in early intervention and 3 recommendations to the field to increase the use of family coaching.

Young Exceptional Children, 14(4), 44-56
Empowering families during the early intervention planning process
Teresa Byington & Peggy Whitby. (2011)
This article presents strategies that professionals can use to empower families, and to share ideas on how to convey a personalized view of the child to team members. It also provides information to help strengthen the understanding of the importance of family-centered practices during the IFSP or IEP planning process.

Young Exceptional Children, 19(2), 14-32
Quality in individualized family service plans: Guidelines for practitioners, programs, and families
Michelle Gatmaitan & Teresa Brown. (2016)
This article provides guidance and recommendations for practitioners and families on IFSPs based on five components of quality.

Young Exceptional Children, 6(3), 21-26
More is better: Maximizing natural learning opportunities.
Lee Ann Jung. (2003)
This article explains the importance of supporting the family’s ability to maximize natural learning opportunities and embedding intervention into their own activities and routines.

Journal of Early Childhood Research, 9(1), 66-80
Strengthening family capacity to provide young children everyday natural learning opportunities
Jennifer Swanson,  Melinda Raab, & Carl Dunst. (2011)
This article describes a study that was conducted to determine if natural learning environment interventions strengthened family capacity to provide their young children with developmental delays everyday natural learning opportunities.

Web Resources

The web resources listed below provide quick and easy access to evidence-based online information.

State of Illinois, Department of Human Services
A Guide for Families: The Illinois Early Intervention Program. Section 3: Participating in Early Intervention Services, 9-16

The Early Intervention Training Program
Winter webinar series Coaching Families of Young Children with Disabilities: What is it and How it Works – Part 1  |  Family Resources

Universal Online Part C EI Curriculum: Early Intervention Foundational Pillars Modules

Florida State University
Family Guided Routines-Based Interventions & Caregiver Coaching

The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA)
Family Engagement

National Association for the Education of Young Children
Family Engagement

Virginia Early Intervention Professional Development Center:
Adult Learning  |  Coaching  |  Early Intervention Strategies for Success Blog: Sharing What Works in Supporting Infants & Toddlers and their Families in Early Intervention

Talks on Tuesdays:  Tying the Knot: Engaging families beyond the visit  | Think Outside the…Bag! Coaching in Natural Environments  |  Beyond Cultural Competence: How to Effectively Work with ALL Families Part 1  |  Beyond Cultural Competence: How to Effectively Work with ALL Families Part 2  |  Engaging Families During Visits: How to engage families during visits so that they know what to do between visits

Zero to Three
Family Support

Teaching a Collaborative Team Infant/Toddler Community Services
8 Concepts from Adult Learning You Can Use to Support Caregivers

The Division for Early Childhood: DEC recommended practices in early intervention/early childhood special education

Military Families Learning Network
Engaging Families to Focus on Intervention Strategies

Family Engagement