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Family Engagement

Effective family engagement brings families and educators together to collaboratively work to support student achievement. This partnership is linked to learning, addresses community and cultural differences, supports student-family-educator communication and develops a system of shared decision making.


Effective family engagement utilizes a comprehensive framework which focuses on the needs of students, families and educators. Numerous frameworks exist to support systematic family engagement.

U.S. Department of Education

PTA National

Other State Frameworks


Evaluating family engagement efforts allows for the opportunity to identify areas of improvement and to demonstrate program success and progress.

Data Collection


Planning/Logic Model

Family Resources

Resources to support families in connecting to schools and learning.

Helping Your Child Learn

Getting Involved

State and National Web Resources

Educator Tools & Resources

Family engagement tools and resources can support building partnerships between families and schools.

Parent Teacher Conferences

School Compacts

Information from the Connecticut State Department of Education regarding Building Powerful Partnerships with Families.

Welcoming Schools

Other Tools and Resources

Useful Websites

Educator Professional Development

Effectively training and supporting educators in implementing family engagement is an essential strategy for school improvement and student success.


Over four decades of research shows how meaningful family engagement supports student learning and how systemic family engagement and meaningful partnerships must be in place to ensure positive outcomes.

Systemic Family Engagement

Links to Learning



Pre-K - 3