Research has shown that what happens at home can profoundly affect a child’s learning and healthy development.

Click on a grade level below for resources school staff can use to support parenting practices and family experiences that help children be well-prepared for school.

Preschool and Kindergarten

Articles

Videos / webinars

  • Best Practices in Family and Community Engagement
    This collection of videos from the Office of Head Start covers a range of topics related to program/family relationships in the early years.
    Office of Head Start
  • Engaging Teen Parents: Lessons from Teens about What Works for Them
    This video (with transcript) about Head Start and Early Head Start provisions offers ideas to enhance program relationships with adolescent parents.
    (2014) Office of Head Start
  • Resource Library: Video, Family
    This page links to several CONNECT Module videos related to professional-family communication. Included are samples of real conversations from the beginning and later stages of a teacher-parent relationship.
    Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge
  • School Community: Education
    These professional development video clips address systematic ways that schools can be involved in parent education to promote students’ school success.
    (2013) Academic Development Institute
  • The Role of Leadership – Strategies for Implementing and Sustaining Change
    This Webinar discusses ways that early childhood program leadership can create opportunities for parent, family, and community engagement practices that promote positive family outcomes and children’s school readiness.
    (2015) Office of Head Start

Podcasts

Websites

  • Building Capacity for Family Engagement in the Early Education Field
    This Web page provides links to issues of the Harvard Family Research Project’s FINE Newsletter that address engaging families as decision-makers for their children’s education.
    Harvard Family Research Project
  • Coalition for Community Schools
    A community school is public school-the hub of its neighborhood, uniting families, educators and community partners to provide all students with top-quality academics, enrichment, health and social services, and opportunities to succeed in school and in life.
    (2017)
  • Complementary Learning
    This Web page links to research-based resources on complementary learning — the idea that a systemic approach to integrating school and nonschool supports for learning can help all children gain essential skills.
    Harvard Family Research Project
  • Family and Community Involvement in Student Learning
    This Web page provides brief descriptions and links to Webinars and other resources produced by SEDL for professionals involved in efforts to engage families with their children’s schools.
    SEDL
  • Harvard Family Research Project
    The Harvard Family Research Project has produced a wide range of research based materials for educators regarding family involvement in children’s learning, in and out of school.
    Harvard Family Research Project
  • Illinois Early Learning Project
    The Illinois Early Learning Project features a wide range of resources that teachers can share with families, related to children’s healthy development and learning at home.
    Illinois State Board of Education
  • National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement
    This Website is a portal to a wide range of information about family and community involvement in Head Start and Early Head Start programs.
    Office of Head Start
  • One And ALL
    This website contains resources to help teachers and school leaders with strategies for treating each other respectfully, managing hostility, supporting vulnerable students, and talking across divisions.
    (2017) Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • PBS KIDS Family Creative Learning Facilitator Guide
    This is a facilitator guide that provides a basic framework to implement five workshops of Family Creative Learning. This guide is for educators, community center staff, and volunteers interested in engaging their young people and their families to become designers and inventors in their community.
    (2014) PBS KIDS

Modules

  • Family Connections Training Modules
    These four modules focus on ways that early childhood program staff can support mental health while engaging families in their programs.
    Office of Head Start
  • Family-Professional Partnerships
    This multimedia CONNECT Module takes a problem-based approach to helping early childhood professionals learn effective practices for building relationships with families.
    Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge
  • Head Start’s “Interactive Homelessness Lessons”
    These six interactive lessons for educators define homelessness and address such topics as outreach to homeless families, using cases of specific families as examples.
    (2014) Office of Head Start
  • Reaching Out to Hispanic Parents of English Language Learners
    This “toolkit” describes recommended practices for educators, and includes detailed suggestions for 5 literacy-related family workshops, handouts in English and Spanish to give families, and lists of recommended children’s books.
    (2012) Colorin Colorado
  • Refugee and Immigrant Family Engagement in the Schools
    Using the National PTA Standards for family involvement as a framework, this training module covers key issues in and optimal practices for engaging refugee and immigrant families with their children’s schools.
    Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS)
Elementary School

Articles

  • Handbook on Family and Community Engagement
    This collection of brief papers covers a wide range of topics related to family and community engagement, including the “curriculum of the home,” parents as leaders, and students’ readiness for college and career.
    (2011) Academic Development Institute
  • Involving Refugee Parents in Their Children’s Education
    This article addresses cultural, language/literacy, and logistical considerations often encountered by school staff when working with refugee families, and suggests optimal practices for engaging the families in their children’s schooling.
    (2007) Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS)
  • PTA National Standards for Family-School Partnerships
    NPTA’s standards, based on research into family involvement, are a useful resources for school personnel as they design and evaluate efforts to engage families.
    (2009) National PTA (NPTA)
  • What Is Complementary Learning?
    This article summarizes the concept of complementary learning, provides some concrete examples, and uses the case of a fictional teen to show the potential positive influence of complementary learning.
    (2008) Harvard Family Research Project

Videos / webinars

  • School Community: Education
    These professional development video clips address systematic ways that schools can be involved in parent education to promote students’ school success.
    (2013) Academic Development Institute

Podcasts

Websites

  • Coalition for Community Schools
    A community school is public school-the hub of its neighborhood, uniting families, educators and community partners to provide all students with top-quality academics, enrichment, health and social services, and opportunities to succeed in school and in life.
    (2017)
  • Complementary Learning
    This Web page links to research-based resources on complementary learning — the idea that a systemic approach to integrating school and nonschool supports for learning can help all children gain essential skills.
    Harvard Family Research Project
  • Family and Community Involvement in Student Learning
    This Web page provides brief descriptions and links to Webinars and other resources produced by SEDL for professionals involved in efforts to engage families with their children’s schools.
    SEDL
  • Harvard Family Research Project
    The Harvard Family Research Project has produced a wide range of research based materials for educators regarding family involvement in children’s learning, in and out of school.
    Harvard Family Research Project
  • One And ALL
    This website contains resources to help teachers and school leaders with strategies for treating each other respectfully, managing hostility, supporting vulnerable students, and talking across divisions.
    (2017) Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • PBS KIDS Family Creative Learning Facilitator Guide
    This is a facilitator guide that provides a basic framework to implement five workshops of Family Creative Learning. This guide is for educators, community center staff, and volunteers interested in engaging their young people and their families to become designers and inventors in their community.
    (2014) PBS KIDS

Modules

  • Reaching Out to Hispanic Parents of English Language Learners
    This “toolkit” describes recommended practices for educators, and includes detailed suggestions for 5 literacy-related family workshops, handouts in English and Spanish to give families, and lists of recommended children’s books.
    (2012) Colorin Colorado
  • Refugee and Immigrant Family Engagement in the Schools
    Using the National PTA Standards for family involvement as a framework, this training module covers key issues in and optimal practices for engaging refugee and immigrant families with their children’s schools.
    Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS)
Middle School

Articles

  • Handbook on Family and Community Engagement
    This collection of brief papers covers a wide range of topics related to family and community engagement, including the “curriculum of the home,” parents as leaders, and students’ readiness for college and career.
    (2011) Academic Development Institute
  • Involving Refugee Parents in Their Children’s Education
    This article addresses cultural, language/literacy, and logistical considerations often encountered by school staff when working with refugee families, and suggests optimal practices for engaging the families in their children’s schooling.
    (2007) Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS)
  • PTA National Standards for Family-School Partnerships
    NPTA’s standards, based on research into family involvement, are a useful resources for school personnel as they design and evaluate efforts to engage families.
    (2009) National PTA (NPTA)
  • What Is Complementary Learning?
    This article summarizes the concept of complementary learning, provides some concrete examples, and uses the case of a fictional teen to show the potential positive influence of complementary learning.
    (2008) Harvard Family Research Project

Videos / webinars

  • School Community: Education
    These professional development video clips address systematic ways that schools can be involved in parent education to promote students’ school success.
    (2013) Academic Development Institute

Podcasts

Websites

  • Coalition for Community Schools
    A community school is public school-the hub of its neighborhood, uniting families, educators and community partners to provide all students with top-quality academics, enrichment, health and social services, and opportunities to succeed in school and in life.
    (2017)
  • Complementary Learning
    This Web page links to research-based resources on complementary learning — the idea that a systemic approach to integrating school and nonschool supports for learning can help all children gain essential skills.
    Harvard Family Research Project
  • Family and Community Involvement in Student Learning
    This Web page provides brief descriptions and links to Webinars and other resources produced by SEDL for professionals involved in efforts to engage families with their children’s schools.
    SEDL
  • Harvard Family Research Project
    The Harvard Family Research Project has produced a wide range of research based materials for educators regarding family involvement in children’s learning, in and out of school.
    Harvard Family Research Project
  • One And ALL
    This website contains resources to help teachers and school leaders with strategies for treating each other respectfully, managing hostility, supporting vulnerable students, and talking across divisions.
    (2017) Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • PBS KIDS Family Creative Learning Facilitator Guide
    This is a facilitator guide that provides a basic framework to implement five workshops of Family Creative Learning. This guide is for educators, community center staff, and volunteers interested in engaging their young people and their families to become designers and inventors in their community.
    (2014) PBS KIDS

Modules

  • Refugee and Immigrant Family Engagement in the Schools
    Using the National PTA Standards for family involvement as a framework, this training module covers key issues in and optimal practices for engaging refugee and immigrant families with their children’s schools.
    Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS)
High School

Articles

  • Handbook on Family and Community Engagement
    This collection of brief papers covers a wide range of topics related to family and community engagement, including the “curriculum of the home,” parents as leaders, and students’ readiness for college and career.
    (2011) Academic Development Institute
  • Involving Refugee Parents in Their Children’s Education
    This article addresses cultural, language/literacy, and logistical considerations often encountered by school staff when working with refugee families, and suggests optimal practices for engaging the families in their children’s schooling.
    (2007) Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS)
  • Promoting Self-Regulation in Adolescents and Young Adults
    This brief article describes the importance of self-regulation for adolescents and young adults and provides guidelines for supporting self-regulation development for 14-25 year olds.
    (2017) U.S. Office of Planning, Research, & Evaluation
  • PTA National Standards for Family-School Partnerships
    NPTA’s standards, based on research into family involvement, are a useful resources for school personnel as they design and evaluate efforts to engage families.
    (2009) National PTA (NPTA)
  • What Is Complementary Learning?
    This article summarizes the concept of complementary learning, provides some concrete examples, and uses the case of a fictional teen to show the potential positive influence of complementary learning.
    (2008) Harvard Family Research Project

Videos / webinars

  • School Community: Education
    These professional development video clips address systematic ways that schools can be involved in parent education to promote students’ school success.
    (2013) Academic Development Institute

Podcasts

Websites

  • Coalition for Community Schools
    A community school is public school-the hub of its neighborhood, uniting families, educators and community partners to provide all students with top-quality academics, enrichment, health and social services, and opportunities to succeed in school and in life.
    (2017)
  • Complementary Learning
    This Web page links to research-based resources on complementary learning — the idea that a systemic approach to integrating school and nonschool supports for learning can help all children gain essential skills.
    Harvard Family Research Project
  • Family and Community Involvement in Student Learning
    This Web page provides brief descriptions and links to Webinars and other resources produced by SEDL for professionals involved in efforts to engage families with their children’s schools.
    SEDL
  • Harvard Family Research Project
    The Harvard Family Research Project has produced a wide range of research based materials for educators regarding family involvement in children’s learning, in and out of school.
    Harvard Family Research Project
  • One And ALL
    This website contains resources to help teachers and school leaders with strategies for treating each other respectfully, managing hostility, supporting vulnerable students, and talking across divisions.
    (2017) Harvard Graduate School of Education

Modules

 

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