Parent and Family Engagement

  • Academic Development Institute    Sam Redding's Academic Development Institute assists families, schools, and communities with children's academic and personal development.
  • ASK Resource Center:  Through the years, ASK has taken on new community partners, projects and challenges. They continue to build on their early vision of being a one-stop-shop to provide information and resources to individuals with disabilities and their families.
  • All Pro Dad    Improve your child's school You're concerned about what your kids are exposed to the forty hours a week they're at school. You know the school could be improved with more parental involvement, but are unsure of where to start. We have the perfect solution - All Pro Dad's Days and iMOM Mornings.
  • Campus Tours is an interactive virtual tour of college/university campuses for parents and their college-bound students.
  • Center for Parent information and Resources:  The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities.
  • Children - Youth - Families:  Resources are available to support community educational programs for at-risk children, youth, and families which are based on locally identified needs, soundly grounded in research, and which lead to the accomplishment of one of four CYFAR National Outcomes. The resources also help local projects to integrate programming into ongoing Extension programs for children, youth, and families — ensuring that at-risk, low-income children, youth, and families continue to be part of Extension and 4-H programs and have access to resources and educational opportunities. (University of Minnesota)
  • Comer School Development Program:  Dr. James P. Comer and his colleagues at the Yale Child Study Center began to create the School Development Program (SDP) in 1968. The SDP is the first reported school intervention program in which the test scores, behavior, and attendance of poor and/or socially marginalized students improved dramatically. Also, it was the first intervention in which the application of child and adolescent development principles was used school-wide to create interactions and/or relationships that prepared students to learn, and to begin to take responsibility for their own learning; and enabled teachers, school staff and administrators to support student personal development and learning. 
  • A Compact for Reading and School-Home Links:  This is an archived site that provides A Compact for Reading, a written agreement among families, teachers, principals, and students to work together to help improve the reading skills of kindergarten through third grade children. Their publications, A Compact for Reading Guide and the School-Home Links Reading Kit, are designed to help Compact partners set reading goals, and provide lessons and activities that allow children to accomplish these goals.
  • Diversity: School, Family, and Community Connections    This downloadable PDF file focuses specifically on three categories: race or ethnicity, culture (including language), and socioeconomic status. The report explores barriers to involvement for minotrity and low-income families, strategies that have been used to address these barriers, and recommendations that local educational leaders can adapt to address their specific needs. It is based on a review of over 64 studies.
  • The Education Trust is a national non-profit advocacy organization that promotes high academic achievement for all students at all levels, particularly for students of color and low-income students.  They were founded for one reason and one reason alone: to push, prod, and cajole our country toward educational justice.  From their beginnings in the early 1990s, their unrelenting advocacy continues to be supported by solid data analysis, equity-focused legislative proposals, strong partnerships with leading organizations, and proven strategies to improve the educational outcomes of our nation’s youth.  With these tools they aim to expose — and eliminate — the gaps in opportunity by race and income that have led to enormous gaps in educational achievement, pre-K through college. These gaps can severely limit economic and social mobility.
  • Education World's Parent Involvement:  Parent involvement in schools is much more than parent conferences and PTOs... In the resources provided, learn about practical ways in which schools are involving parents. Read about parent involvement strategies that are working for others -- and that could work for you!
  • Edutopia's Community Partnerships:  Learn and share ideas about how to engage caring individuals, organizations, and businesses to help schools with resources, mentors, internships, and more.
  • Edutopia's Family Engagement:  Teachers, administrators, and other school personnel will find relevant and valuable tools and resources here for strengthening bonds between schools, families, and communities.
  • Family and Community Engagement (FACE):  Fayette County Public Schools of Kentucky recognize that family and community engagement is essential as they partner to educate students and prepare them for life-long learning. FCPS envisions a districtwide culture that promotes collaborative partnerships to support student learning, enrich educational experiences, and prepare students to excel as successful citizens in a global society. Once parents, teachers, and community members view one another as partners in education, a caring community forms around students, helping to ensure success.
  • Family and Community Engagement SurveyThis survey can be used by teachers, administrators and parents to assess a school’s effectiveness in partnering with families and communities. It is a useful tool for planning strategies that are clustered around four domains: (a) student achievement; (b) access and equity; (c) organizational support; and (d) quality of interaction. The questions and ideas used in the guide are gleaned from the literature on effective partnering with communities and families. (Also available in Spanish)
  • Family Engagement in Early Childhood  This resource from the Harvard Family Research Project provides this selective list of resources about engaging and supporting families with young children.
  • Family Friendly Schools:  Family Friendly Schools is dedicated to helping schools and districts around the country to increase student achievement by developing networks of integrated relationships between leadership, staff, and families that creates a culture of high performance and learning outcomes.
  • Family Involvement Network of Educators (FINE):   FINE is a community of thousands of educators, practitioners, policy makers, and researchers dedicated to strengthening family–school–community partnerships.
  • FAST - Families and Schools Together:  FAST® is an internationally acclaimed parent engagement program that helps children thrive by building strong relationships at home.  Families & Schools Together (FAST) is a multifamily group intervention designed to build protective factors for children and empower parents to be the primary prevention agents for their own children. Although developed by Dr. Lynn McDonald in 1988 for at-risk youth and their families, FAST is now offered as a universal model to children, ages 3 through 18. It became an evidence-based model in 2002.
  • Harvard Family Research Project   HFRP focuses on helping stakeholders develop and evaluate strategies to promote the well being of children, youth, families, and their communities.
  • iMOM  is a nonprofit program started by Lauren Dungy, Denise Jonas, and Family First.  This program is intended to provide a way to engage moms in their children’s education, and also to give something back to moms in the way of support, information, tips, and ideas.

  • Improving Education Impact through Family Engagement - A Review and Planning Guide  
    This tool helps to foster meaningful and lasting educational impact through mechanisms for engagement with parents and families. It provides helpful ideas to address the most significant barriers to parent involvement that have been reported in the literature in K-12 programs. The guide gives ideas for each barrier to achieve a greater vision of engagement and offers planning guides to see how your school is addressing each barrier and what can be done for the future. It can be used with school personnel in conjunction with parents. (Available in English and Spanish)
  • Iowa Core - Parents and Community:  This site from the Iowa Department of Education provides parent guides as well as resources for families from The Iowa Reading Research Center (IRRC).
  • Iowa PTA  works to promote the health, education and welfare of children and youth in homes, schools and communities, and to develop partnerships between parents, educators and the general public. Iowa PTA serves PTA leaders and members throughout Iowa, presenting workshops and offering printed and video resources, quarterly bulletins, monthly electronic newsletters, and maintaining this website to assist PTAs in the important work they do on behalf of children. State PTA board members attend PTA meetings throughout the state to do presentations and provide training or support for PTA units and councils in their own hometown.
  • The Iowa Reading Research Center (IRRC): This is a collection of web-based literacy resources (more than 170)  to help families and teachers support literacy development with children at home.
  • Kids' Health:  This site provides parents with information on general health of their kids as well as behavioral, emotional and medical concerns.
  • KnowHow2Go:  KnowHow2GO is a campaign designed to encourage students and veterans to prepare for college. Explore the site to learn more about the steps parents and their students need to take to be college-ready.
  • Learning First Alliance: Parent and Community Involvement    Engaging parents and community members effectively in the life of schools and districts is both complex and vital to the success of the students in the system. Given this challenge and imperative, educators must develop ways of engaging parents and community members successfully with the goals of their schools.
  • National Extension Parent Education Model    NEPEM is not a parent education program. It is a list of 29 critical parenting practices organized into six themes. Together, these practices identified issues that Extension professionals across the entire United States could agree were important.
  • National PTA:  National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools.
  • A New Wave of Evidence: Key Findings    This short handout lists the eight key findings from A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family and Community Connections on Student Achievement. It cites specific studies supporting each key finding, and provides a full reference list for those studies.
  • Northwest - Family and Community Engagement:  Their training, professional development, and evaluation services build the capacity of schools, families, and communities to support learners from cradle to college and career. They implement national training systems for volunteer programs that address poverty, and work with collective impact efforts to address complex community challenges.
  • Pacer Center is a champion for children with disabilities.  PACER Center is a parent training and information center for families of children and youth with all disabilities from birth to young adults. Located in Minneapolis, it serves families across the nation, as well as those in Minnesota. Parents can find publications, workshops, and other resources to help make decisions about education, vocational training, employment, and other services for their children with disabilities. PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center provides resources designed to benefit all students, including those with disabilities. It provides an anti-bullying site for elementary kids and one for teens.
  • Parent Educator Connection   The Iowa Department of Education provides information regarding the AEAs’ Parent Education Connection (PEC), including guiding practices, supportive documents, AEA contacts, and links.
  • Parents - Ed.Gov:  The United States Department of Education offers resources on early childhood, reading, special education, paying for college, and helping your child learn.
  • PBS Parents    PBS Parents provides a wide variety of educational resources for parents and children.
  • Project Appleseed provides 150 activities for family engagement.  For over 20 years, Project Appleseed has been an effective advocacy organization that engages public school families by mobilizing volunteers, building responsibility and promoting accountability — both at school and at home. They focus on low-income and under-served families and schools. The positive effect of their efforts are clear: academic achievement rises in tandem with parental involvement.
  • School Community Network provides tools and resources to engage families in student learning and build strong school communities. 

This page was updated on January 8, 2017.  Please let Lou Howell (LouHowell@mediacombb.net) know of other URLs you would like on this webpage.