Engaged Families

Effective family engagement is much more than bulletin boards and back-to-school nights. In comprehensive P-3 approaches, families are included as full partners in their children's learning and development. Family engagement is a priority for all school and early learning staff, not just the school social worker or family support specialist.

P-3 Framework Goal:  Families are actively and systemically involved with P-3 teachers and administrators as full partners in helping their children develop, learn, and achieve.

The following resources highlight and support the importance of meaningful family engagement in comprehensive P-3 approaches:

Policy Briefs

Publication Date: Sep 2013
Sheila Smith, Taylor Robbins, Shannon Stagman, Disha Mathur

While high-quality teaching in preschool and the early grades is essential, parents can also play a vital role in helping children acquire foundational competencies--including language, literacy, early math, and social-emotional skills-- that fuel school success. Given the evidence that parent involvement holds significant benefits for children, efforts to promote effective parent engagement should be viewed as an indispensable part of state policies that promote children's school readiness and academic success. 

Publication Date: Jan 2014
Ann M. Ishimaru, Joe Lott, Ismael Fajardo, Jessica Salvador

Educational systems are increasingly expected to partner with parents and families to ensure the success of all students; however, the field struggles to characterize and measure parent engagement and its impacts. In this working paper from the University of Washington, readers are presented with common indicators of parent engagement as a way to quantify parent-school collaboration. These indicators include: the percentage of parents who feel knowledgeable and confident in their ability to support their child's learning in PreK through college; the percentage of parents who believe their school provides a welcoming and culturally responsive learning environment; and the percentage of parents who have leadership opportunities and influence on decision-making at their school or district.