Family life education refers to instructional efforts to support healthy functioning of families through preventive approaches whenever possible. The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), a professional association for multidisciplinary understanding of families, has led the field with the establishment of a national certification for family life educators. Since research has consistently indicated the effectiveness of family engagement in children’s early learning, this entry is written to demonstrate key details about family life education and ways that it links to early childhood education.


Family life education is viewed as a multidisciplinary profession, thus practitioners come from a variety of backgrounds, including but not limited to family studies, human development, family and consumer science, sociology, social work, psychology, nursing, counseling, and early childhood education. Although each ...

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