Date of Award

Fall 8-30-2023

Document Type

Dissertation (799 registration)

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Dr. Boyd Bradbury


Parental Engagement, Part C, Early Intervention, In-home Services, Barriers to Parental Engagement, Parent Coaching


Parental engagement is a critical component to child development and an essential part to Early Intervention (EI). Parental engagement is especially important for EI services that provide an in-home parent coaching service delivery model. Without parental engagement between EI services, the child will have less of a chance to make gains in their social-emotional, adaptive, physical, language, and cognitive development. This research interviewed nine parents who have a child that received early intervention, Part C special education services, in a rural, southeast MN educational district. The educational district consists of 13 school districts that serve roughly 65 children between the ages of birth - 3 years of age, who are eligible for special education early intervention. Using a qualitative research design, through an interpretivist paradigm, this study aimed to seek the relativism of the social phenomenon of parental engagement, what the barriers are that prevent that engagement, how those barriers may impact a child’s development, and if the frequency of in-home early intervention sessions influences parental engagement.



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