U.S. Department of Education National Parents and Families Engagement Council

U.S. Department of Education National Parents and Families Engagement Council

Launched in June 2022, the U.S. Department of Education National Parents and Families Engagement Council helps facilitate strong and effective relationships between schools and parents, families and caregivers, helping their voices play a critical role in how the nation's children are recovering from the pandemic.

The Council consists of parent and family or caregiver representatives from national parent and family organizations that will work with the Department to identify constructive ways to help families engage at the local level. From understanding the rights they have as parents, families, and caregivers, and creating a feedback loop with schools to shape how American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds are deployed to meet students' needs, to identifying summer learning and enrichment opportunities for children in their communities, the Council is a channel for parents and families to constructively participate in their children's education.

Council members include:

  • The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA)
  • Fathers Incorporated
  • Generations United
  • Girls Inc.
  • League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
  • Mocha Moms
  • National Action Network
  • National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement (NAFSCE)
  • National Military Family Association (NMFA)
  • National Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
  • National Parents Union (NPU)
  • The National Center for Parent Leadership, Advocacy, and Community Empowerment (PLACE)
  • United Parent Leaders Action Network (UPLAN)
  • UnidosUS

The Council meets to discuss how children are recovering, the different ways schools are providing academic, mental health and social and emotional support, and how families can best constructively engage with schools.

The Department and the Council will hold local listening sessions with parents, families, principals, educators and school community members to better understand the needs of students during the 2022-23 school year. For updates on the Council, email familyengagement@ed.gov.