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Information for parents and family members about becoming involved in the education of their children.

Importance of Engaging Families

Why is meaningful engagement of parents and families important? For years, research has shown that strong family-school partnerships lead to improved student outcomes, such as:

  • Improved identification of needs
  • Improved social emotional development
  • Improved attendance
  • Improved academics
  • Lower suspension rates
  • Increased graduation rates
  • Improved preparation for college/career

Outcomes are best achieved when families and schools work together, collaboratively and in an ongoing partnership that is focused on supporting improved learning and development outcomes.

Overview of Requirements

Each local educational agency (LEA) is required to adopt an LCAP with goals that address all applicable state priorities, one of which is Priority 3 (Parental Involvement and Family Engagement). Priority 3 asks LEAs to address parental involvement and family engagement, including efforts the school district makes to seek parent input in making decisions for the school district and each individual school site, and including how the school district will promote parental participation in programs for unduplicated students (low income, foster youth and English learners) and individuals with exceptional needs.

In addition, among other things, the superintendent of a school district or a county office of education is required to:

  • Present the LCAP or annual update to the LCAP to advisory committees (parent advisory committee, English learner parent advisory committee and student advisory committee, as applicable) for review and comment; and/or
  • Respond, in writing, to comments received from the parent advisory committee.

As part of the local indicator requirements for Priority 3, LEAs are required to:

  • Monitor their progress related to parental involvement and family engagement;
  • Report to their local board at the same meeting in which they adopt the LCAP; and
  • Report to the Dashboard.

Planning and Implementation

When planning, LEAs are encouraged to consider current needs, research and best practices for achieving strong family-school partnerships that promote improved student outcomes, in addition to the requirements for consultation and engagement in the development of the LCAP.

For additional considerations, please refer to slide number 18 and slides 45-53 of the Engaging Educational Partners presentation (PPTX).

Resources

The following are some resources which may be helpful to LEAs and educational partners, including parents. These resources are intended to provide a starting point for resources; however, they are not intended to encompass all existing resources.

  1. First 5 California: Early Childhood Resources for California's Children External link opens in new window or tab.
    Resources for parents related to early childhood learning and development

  2. National Association for the Education of Young Children: For Families External link opens in new window or tab.
    Resources for parents related to child development, reading, writing, music, math, etc.

  3. Learning Heroes: Dear Teacher Letter External link opens in new window or tab.
    An example of one letter that helps parents to introduce their child to the teacher, describe their child’s needs and identify goals for the year

  4. Learning Heroes: Parent-Teacher Planning Tool External link opens in new window or tab.
    An example of a tool to get ready for parent-teacher conferences

  5. Family Involvement & Partnerships - Special Education
    Resources and support for parents, guardians, and families of children with disabilities

  6. Improving Outcomes for Multilingual Students with Exceptional Needs External link opens in new window or tab.
    Resources to support the improvement of outcomes for multilingual students with exceptional needs

  7. Supporting High Quality Individual Education Plans (IEPs) External link opens in new window or tab.
    Resources to support meaningful engagement in the IEP process

  8. Dual Capacity: The Dual Capacity Building Framework (Version 2) External link opens in new window or tab.
    National framework designed to support the development of family engagement strategies, policies, and programs that is based on research and best practice

  9. Family Engagement Core Competencies (National Association for Family, School and Community Engagement) External link opens in new window or tab.
    One example of core competencies (knowledge and skills) for staff working with families developed through a partnership with researchers, educational practitioners, and staff from the National Association for Family, School and Community Engagement

  10. Participatory Systems Change for Equity: An Inquiry Guide for Child-, Youth-, and Family-Serving Agencies (WestEd) External link opens in new window or tab.
    Resources for engaging local community members in systems change

  11. Self-Reflection Tool for Priority 3
    Self-Reflection Tool for Priority 3 (Parental Involvement and Family Engagement) that supports LEAs in monitoring progress, identifying needs, and considering areas to address in LCAP

  12. LCFF Priority 3 Statement of Model Practices
    Example of practices that promoting parental and family engagement

  13. Family Engagement Toolkit: Continuous Improvement Through an Equity Lens (PDF) and Editable Templates
    Toolkit and editable templates to support family engagement through a continuous improvement and equity lens

  14. System Improvement Leads External link opens in new window or tab.
    Special Education Local Plan Areas (SELPA) System Improvement Leads (SIL) Project resources focused on building the capacity of SELPAs and LEAs to improve outcomes for students with disabilities

  15. Open Access 2.0 | Learning and Participation for All Students External link opens in new window or tab.
    Resources to support students with disabilities including those related to universal design for learning, accessible technology, and augmentative alternative communication

External Organizations Supporting Family and Community Engagement

Following are some external organizations that support family and community engagement:

  1. Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation External link opens in new window or tab.

  2. Community Engagement Intiative External link opens in new window or tab.

  3. National Association for Family, School and Community Engagement (NAFSCE) External link opens in new window or tab.

  4. Institute for Educational Leadership External link opens in new window or tab.

  5. Global Family Research Project External link opens in new window or tab.

  6. Carnegie Corporation External link opens in new window or tab.

  7. Educational Laboratory West (REL, West) External link opens in new window or tab.

  8. California State Family Engagement Network Resources External link opens in new window or tab.

Legal Requirements

Following are links to some statutes by topic:

 

Questions:   Local Agency Systems Support Office | LCFF@cde.ca.gov
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, February 7, 2024
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