CCSS Systems Implementation Guide
Guiding Strategy 4
Collaborate with parents, guardians, and the early childhood and expanded learning communities to integrate the CCSS into programs and activities beyond the K–12 school setting.
Suggestions for Local Educational Agencies
- Utilize existing parent communication structures (e.g., PTA/PTSO meetings, Back to School Nights, school newsletters) to share resources with parents, families, and the local educational community to promote awareness and understanding of the CCSS and new developments regarding CCSS systems implementation. A number of documents are available on the Students/Parents tab of the California Department of Education (CDE) CCSS Web page to support your communications with parents and families:
- The CDE has produced several informational handouts that provide overviews and highlights of the CCSS and a handout that lists CCSS Resources for Parents and Guardians (DOC). These handouts are available in multiple languages.
- The California PTA has made available the Parents' Guide To Student Success (PDF). You can find this document separated into grade levels and in Spanish and many other resources on the California PTA CCSS Web page.
- The California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA), in consultation with the California PTA, has developed a parent handbook (DOC) that gives parents an introduction to California's CCSS and a summary of what students are expected to learn as they advance from kindergarten through grade eight. The handbook is available in multiple languages on the CCSESA Common Core Standards Communications Tools Web page, under General Overview Materials.
- The Council of Great City Schools has developed parent roadmaps for understanding the English language arts and mathematics CCSS in kindergarten through high school and how parents can support their child's learning. The roadmaps are available in English and Spanish.
- The CDE has organized a collection of resources for parents of students in the Special Education community on the parents and students tab of the CDE CCSS and Special Education Web page.
- Review and utilize the California Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Foundations (PDF; 2MB), the California Preschool Learning Foundations, and their accompanying curriculum frameworks to inform development and continuous improvement of curriculum and developmentally appropriate CCSS-aligned practices for early childhood education programs.
- Review the alignment document that explains how the early learning foundations align with the CCSS and relate to transitional kindergarten (TK) to support the development of developmentally appropriate and CCSS-aligned TK curricula.