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Family Engagement

November is Family Engagement Month

Find resources and tools to increase family engagement here

Family engagement is the systematic inclusion of families as partners in a child’s development, learning and wellness, enabled by positive relationships between families and staff in early learning programs. The goal of family engagement is the conscious effort of the parents and/or other family members to engage in a child’s education and development by promoting positive behaviors and ensuring the child’s well-being. Research has shown that family engagement increases motivation, reduces behavioral problems and improves social-emotional development of children. Further, family engagement fosters school readiness skills in young children such as impulse control, attention, memory and planning skills. Family engagement supports children’s school readiness, promotes their school success and prepares them for life. It is important for all children and essential for those who have experienced trauma and other types of challenges.

Family engagement is a shared responsibility of the Office of Early Learning, early learning coalitions, early learning programs and providers to engage families in meaningful ways to actively support their children’s learning, development and wellness. It is the responsibility of families to actively participate in their children’s learning development and wellness. Children are more likely to do better in school—and throughout life—when parents are involved with their education, regardless of family income or background.

Children are more likely to do better in school—and throughout life—when parents get involved with their education. Research shows that’s true, regardless of family income or background.

The Florida Department of Education’s Family and Community Outreach has a list of resources and information for parents and guardians.

The United States Department of Education’s Parent and Family Engagement site is another good resource to support family engagement in schools, homes and the community.

The Harvard Family Research Project offers resources and information on effective ways to support family involvement in children's learning and development.

Head Start provides resources on parent, family and community engagement.

For schools and libraries, family engagement means respectful partnerships that offer the information, guidance and opportunities for families to be active in their children's learning and development.

Find out what family engagement looks like in action from the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

ChildCare Aware supports family involvement in improving children's lives.

Explore tips, strategies and resources to help improve the connection from home to school and expand parent involvement with Edutopia's Resource Roundup.

The National Parent Teacher Association is the vehicle through which engaged parents can accomplish great things for their children and ensure their overall success. The comprehensive resources can help parents get involved and stay involved.

The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center for Families is designed to help families understand their rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), connect with other families and find high-quality resources related to caring for infants, toddlers and young children with disabilities. The Center relies on families to share their views and help make sure their work and their products are useful to families and reflect the needs and perspectives of families.