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Title I, Part A Parent and Family Engagement

Information related to implementation of programs, activities and procedures for the engagement of parents and family members of Title I students.

Title I, Part A, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), ensures that local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools provide parents and families of Title I students with the information they need to make well-informed choices for their children including more effectively sharing responsibility for their child’s success, and helping their children’s schools develop effective and successful programs.

ESSA Section 1116, Parent and Family Engagement, contains the primary Title I, Part A requirements for the State educational agencies (SEAs), LEAs, and schools related to engaging parents and families in their children’s education. All LEAs that receive Title I funds shall conduct outreach to all parents and family members and implement programs, activities, and procedures for the involvement of parents and family members. Such programs, activities, and procedures shall be planned and implemented with meaningful consultation with parents of participating children.


Each LEA that receives more than $500,000 in Title I, Part A funds, shall reserve at least one percent of its allocation to assist schools to carry out the parental engagement activities. Not less than 90 percent of the funds reserved shall be distributed to schools served with priority given to high-need schools. Funds reserved by a LEA shall be used to carry out activities and strategies consistent with the LEA’s parent and family engagement policy. Parents and family members of children receiving services shall be involved in the decisions regarding how the funds reserved are allotted for parental involvement activities (ESSA Section 1116 [a][3]).

LEA Parent and Family Engagement Policy

Each LEA shall develop jointly with, agree on with, and distribute to, parent and family members of participating children a written parent and family engagement policy. The policy shall be incorporated into the LEA’s plan, developed under Section 1112, establish the agency’s expectations and objectives for meaningful parent and family involvement (ESSA Section 1116 [2]).

School Parent and Family Engagement Policy

Each school served under this part shall jointly develop with, and distribute to, parents and family members of participating children a written parent and family engagement policy, agreed on by such parents, that shall describe the means for carrying out the requirements of this section. Parents shall be notified of the policy in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, provided in a language the parents can understand. Such policy shall be made available to the local community and updated periodically to meet the changing needs of parents and the school (ESSA Section 1116 [b]).

School-Parent Compact

As a component of the school-level parent and family engagement policy, each school served under this part shall jointly develop with parents a school-parent compact that outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership to help children achieve the State’s high standards (ESSA Section 1116 [d]).


Family Engagement Framework: A Tool for California School Districts-English (PDF; 3MB)
Guidance for educators, districts, schools, families and communities as they plan, implement, and evaluate strategies across multiple programs for effective family engagement to support student achievement.

Family Engagement Framework: A Tool for California School Districts-Spanish (PDF; 3MB)

Parent/Family Engagement
Information for educators, parents and family members to assist in parent and family engagement in education.

Parent and Family Engagement Policy Templates

Parent Notification Templates

Quality Schooling Framework (QSF)
The California educator's destination for timely tools and practices to guide effective planning, policy, expenditure, and instructional decisions at all schools and districts.

Resources for Family Engagement
Information to assist in the building of partnerships among families, schools, and communities.

U.S. Department of Education Resources

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Web page External link opens in new window or tab.

Text of the ESEA as reauthorized by the ESSA (October 24, 2017) External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, September 18, 2019
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