Family and Community Engagement

Family and Community Engagement

Family Ambassador Frances Frost

First Family Ambassador at ED!

Frances Frost is 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.

Promoting 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

Baltimore 2018 Family Engagement Summit: Powered by Teach to Lead

We are excited to announce that applications are now open for our Family Engagement Summit: Powered by Teach to Lead. We will be selecting teams of teachers, families, and stakeholders to join us in Baltimore, MD, on March 9-11, 2018, for dedicated time to work on an implementable idea to improve student achievement by leveraging family engagement. Applications must be submitted by January 31, 2018, 11:59 p.m., and selected teams will be notified by February 9, 2018.

APPLICATION deadline extended to February 5, 2018, 11:59 p.m.,

Summit Flyer: PDF (478KB) | MS Word (822KB)



ParentCamp is a free "un-conference" that brings parents, caregivers, community leaders, educators, and children together to have conversations about how best to support students. It is an opportunity for those within the school communities--parents, teachers, students and community and faith-based representatives--to expand relationships, strengthen partnerships, share, network, and learn. Read more.

ED's 2018 ParentCamp

ParentCamp: Informed Families Thrive—Preventing the Summer Slide

Hosted by the U. S. Department of Education, ParentCamp: Informed Families Thrive—Preventing the Summer Slide is free and open to the community. Parents, students, educators, and faith-based and community representatives are invited to talk and share experiences, concerns, and solutions in order to make informed decisions about their children's education in a series of workshop sessions facilitated by ED staff and invited guests.

The sessions will focus on resources, information, and tips parents and families can utilize to prevent summer slide with such topics as Use of Technology to Prevent Summer Slide, Library Programs to Prevent Summer Slide, and Resources and Tips for Parents to Prevent Summer Slide. Read more.[MS Word, 46K]

Day/Date/Time: Monday, April 23, 2018, 8:30 a.m. – 1:40 p.m.

Location: United States Department of Education
Lyndon B Johnson Building
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C.

Seating is limited and attendees must register.


Registration will close Friday, April 6, 2018, COB. For hotel accommodations, please go to ParentCamp.Org. For more information, please contact Carrie Jasper at or call 202-401-1524.

For information about ParentCamp, click here.

On April 23, 2018, you must bring a government-issued photo ID in order to enter the Department as an expected guest for this event.


Archive of ParentCamp Events

ParentCamp International Washington, DC April 14, 2016
ParentCamp: Improving Literacy Outcomes Washington, DC October 14, 2016
Informed Families Thrive: Equipping Middle & High School Students for Success Washington, DC October 23, 2017

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