Parent Involvement


Understanding ESSA: A Parents’ Guide to the Nation’s Landmark Education Law

(2018, August) | Useful to Parent Centers for sharing with the families they serve, to better parental understanding of ESSA and their role in advocating for how it is implemented in their state. This 19-page Parents’ Guide to ESSA comes from the U.S. Department of Education with the stated purpose of helping parents understand the […]

Engaging Parents in Productive Partnerships

(2015) | Available in English and Spanish | Useful to educators and others seeking to increase collaboration and effective partnering with parents Engaging Parents in Productive Partnerships is an easy-to-read presentation of suggestions on how educators and service providers can effectively collaborate with parents. The 4-page brief concludes with specific recommendations for IEP meetings, organized […]

Managing Food Allergies in the School Setting: Guidance for Parents

(2019, Updated news!) | Useful to: Parent Centers serving families whose children have food allergies, parents and children, and school systems . RARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) offers a robust website for parents whose children have food allergies. It’s also highly pertinent to the schools who must address the food-allergy and other needs of […]

Questions and Answers about IDEA: Parent Participation

Current as of February 2019   How does IDEA ensure that families have meaningful opportunities to participate? That will be the focus of this Q&A—the solid foundation IDEA provides for parental involvement. Topics covered are: The Power of Parent Participation Parental Rights to Participate, Summarized Parent Notification Parent Consent Resources of More Information We’ve used the word “you” […]

From Miami to New Jersey: A Parent’s Journey

We are pleased to share with you this blog post written by CPIR’s own Myriam Alizo. She describes her personal journey as a parent learning that her four-year-old daughter had speech delays and attention issues. What to do? Like so many other parents, Myriam knew nothing about early childhood delays, IEPs, the IDEA, or the help that was available for families whose children have disabilities.

That all changed when her daughter’s backpack one day contained a flyer from the Parent Center in Miami. And doors and paths were opened… it’s a journey that has taken Myriam deep into the heart of the Parent Center network…

…but we’ll let Myriam tell you the story herself. From Miami to New Jersey, indeed.

Supporting Families of Young Children in Leadership Roles | Video Series

This video series from the ECTA Center highlights strategies, practices, and approaches for effectively preparing and supporting new, or emerging, family leaders to engage in systems-level advocacy and decision making. The videos are a series of conversations with family leaders. The 4 videos are a series of conversations with family leaders answering these 2 questions:

  • What may keep families from getting involved in leadership?
  • What can programs do to support families with taking on leadership roles?

Connect here with all 4 videos and many additional resources on family engagement.

Family Engagement and the Leadership Team

(2018, August) | Useful to Parent Centers for sharing with families, early childhood programs, and professionals involved in implementing the Pyramid Model. This 3-page resource from the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI) discusses the value of including a family member on the leadership team of early childhood programs implementing the Pyramid Model for Supporting […]

Toolkit of Resources for Engaging Families and the Community as Partners in Education, Part 1

The Toolkit of Resources for Engaging Families and Community as Partners in Education provides resources for school staff to build relationships with families and community members and to support family well-being, strong parent-child relationships, and students’ ongoing learning and development. Originally developed for the Guam Alliance for Family and Community Engagement in Education, the Toolkit […]

Ohio Parent Teacher Partnership Model

The Parent-Teacher Partnership Model brings together a small group of family members and school staff a few times per year to discuss such topics as respect, communication, equality, and supporting student learning using a set of 8 suggested modules. Families and schools implement this model for an opportunity for honest and open, two-way communication towards […]

Tips for Administrators, Teachers, and Families: How to Share Data Effectively

This document was created for teachers, pre-K through 3rd grade, looking to improve their strategies for partnering with families for children’s language and literacy development. Research demonstrates that family support for language and literacy activities at school and at home is positively related to children’s outcomes, including reading acquisition, language, vocabulary learning, conceptual development, and […]

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