Family Engagement

Latino Family Involvement Project

Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and by National Institutes of Health, this project, conducted in collaboration with Christine McWayne, PhD, examined the family engagement practices of U.S. Latino families with young children. The goal of this study was to identify low-income, Latino parents’ conceptualizations of their engagement with children’s education, learning, and development and then to link these culture-contextualized dimensions of family engagement practices to children’s school readiness in the areas of language development and social-emotional competency.

The major outcome of this project has been the creation of a family engagement measure in both Spanish and English for Latino families of preschool-aged children. The Parental Engagement of Families from Latino Backgrounds Questionnaire [PEFL- English] and el Cuestionario de Participación Educativa de Familias Latinas [PEFL- Spanish]) is a 43-item Likert-type measure of parental engagement designed for and validated with low-income Latino Head Start families. The PEFL explores four dimensions of parental engagement found to be salient among low-income Latino families and related to children’s school readiness: foundational education, supplemental education, school participation, and future-oriented teaching.

You may request a copy of the PEFL.

Read our recent publications:

McWayne, C., & Melzi, G. (2014).  Validation of a culture-contextualized measure of family engagement in low-income Latino children. Journal of Family Psychology, 28(2), 260-266.

McWayne, C., Melzi, G., Schick, A. R., Kennedy, J., & Mundt, K. (2013). Defining family engagement among Latino Head Start parents: A mixed-methods measurement development study. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 28(3), 593-607.