Family and Community Engagement
Family and Community Engagement
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.
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
- State Information: Education Departments and Parent Centers
- Regulations Enforced by the Office for Civil Rights
- Reading Room (including Frequently-Asked Questions; Case Resolutions; and pamphlets, publications, and reports)
- Reports and Resources (including the Office for Civil Rights reports to the Secretary and the President)
- Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC)
- Civil Rights Topics, A to Z
- Parent and Information Resource Centers: Achieving Excellence Webinar Series
- Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Educational Agencies: Parental Involvement
- National Center for Homeless Education Disclaimer
- The National Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Children and Youth Who Are Neglected and Delinquent or At Risk Disclaimer
- Stop Bullying
- National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse
- Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
- Effects of breakfast on behavior and academic performance:
- Healthy eating tips and sample menus
- Try recipes from kids in the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Cookbook
- Help preschoolers understand the importance of good nutrition
- Make a quick meal or snack
- Healthy eating games for younger kids
- Games about healthy eating and exercise
- Importance of physical activity and teen health
- Benefits of physical activity
- Learn more about addiction
- Adolescent health
- Learn about teen development
- Distracted driving
- Sleep: How much does a kid need? Disclaimer
- Devices and sleep disturbance (NPR reporting on Pediatrics article) Disclaimer
- Why teens need a good night’s sleep
- Parent Power
- Bridge the Word Gap
- Helping Your Child Succeed in School
- Getting homework done
- National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Kids’ Zone
- Educational Games for Preschoolers
- Effects of Noise on Kids
- Learn how to study (from The Ohio State University, 2007) Disclaimer
- Benefits for youth of mentoring
- Teen extracurricular activities (from state of Iowa) Disclaimer
- Help kids start to think about careers
- Start thinking about financing future education goals
- Higher Education Loans for Parents of Eligible Students
Programs and Guidance
Succeeding in School and Beyond
Schools and Educators
Programs and Guidance
- Partners in Education: A Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family–School Partnerships
- The Dual Capacity Building Framework For Family-School Partnerships Graphic
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- Toolkit of Resources for Engaging Parents and Community as Partners in Education
- Serving Preschool Children Through Title I Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as Amended, Non-regulatory Guidance
- Comprehensive Centers
- Training and Advisory Services Equity Assistance Centers
- English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement Act, Part A
- Regional Communications Offices
- Tools for Engaging Families and Communities as Partners in Education New
Programs and Guidance, Special Education
- Protecting Students With Disabilities
- Individualized Family Service Plan Disclaimer
- Individual Education Plan Disclaimer
- Autism Disclaimer
- Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center Disclaimer
- Center for Parent Information and Resources for Children With Disabilities Disclaimer
Programs and Guidance, Early Learning
- Early Learning: America’s Middle Class Promise Begins Early
- Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge
- RTT – ELC Technical Assistance
- Head Start Parent, Family and Community Engagement Framework
- Using the Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework in Your Program: Markers of Progress
Reaching Academic Goals: Select Programs
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.,
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
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 email@example.com 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.
- ParentCamp Grand Prairie ISD
- ParentCamp International: A Military Spouse’s Experience
- ParentCamp International
- #ParentCampUSA – The first part of the phrase is Parent
|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|