Family and Community Engagement

Family and Community Engagement

Family Ambassador Frances Frost with Secretary John King

ED Welcomes First Family Ambassador!

In September, Secretary John King announced that a new Family Ambassador would join ED to support family engagement in education policy. Frances Frost is now the Department's first Family Ambassador, leveraging the parent and family voice and facilitating discussions between the Department and families and other stakeholders. ED’s Family Ambassador also will promote elevation of this exchange to a national level .

Raising the next generation is a shared responsibility. When families, communities and schools work together, students are more successful and the entire community benefits.

Check out the resources supporting the framework for building greater support and capacity in schools, homes and communities, so ALL students have the chance to succeed. Get ideas for how to bring your passion, talents, and energy to help students and to make your neighborhood schools stronger. YOU can make a difference. You can help young people in your neighborhood have a strong start and prepare for college and for their careers.

link to Connecticut Framework documentPromoting Equity through Family-School Partnerships

Striving to support growing populations of diverse students, states are increasingly employing family engagement strategies as a tool to promote educational equity. Many states are developing new and innovative approaches to integrate family engagement programs into their education systems.Read more...

Tools and Support

Parents and Families

Civil Rights

Programs and Guidance

link to What Parents and Caregivers Can Ask and Do to Help Children Thrive at School

Staying Healthy

link to Preguntas que los padres y cuidadores deben hacer y los pasos que deben tomar para que los niños triunfen en la escuela

Succeeding in School and Beyond

Your child has a right to be prepared for success in college, careers and life through: 1) free, quality preschool; 2) high, challenging standards and engaging teaching and leadership in a safe, supportive, well-resourced school; and 3) an affordable, quality college degree.

Schools and Educators

Programs and Guidance

link to Dual Capacity-Building Framework document.

Programs and Guidance, Special Education

Programs and Guidance, Early Learning



Upcoming ParentCamps

Title: ParentCamp: Improving Literacy Outcomes
Location: U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue S.W.
Washington D.C. 20202
When: Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 8:00 am – 12:30 pm

Registration information and other details.

ParentCamps are FREE and open to the community.

ParentCamp International

View ParentCamp International - April 18th, 2016, at the U.S. Department of Education.

Read an article by a military spouse, Mahwish Anwar, who attended ParentCamp International.




For more information, contact Vicki Myers at

State Information

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