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Family Engagement Month 2021

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November is Family Engagement Month!   

This is a time to recognize and celebrate the important role of families in the education and well-being of their children.  It is an opportunity for families, schools and the community to reflect upon how to promote and strengthen family engagement.  In celebration of Family Engagement Month, ECAC along with a collaborative group of families, schools, community and state partners have planned a number of activities and initiatives to support family engagement.  Take a look…

Family Engagement Month Proclamation

Family Engagement Month Proclamation from the Governor’s Office!

Governor Roy  Cooper has declared November 2021 as Family Engagement Month! Please sign on to support the proclamation!

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Family Engagement Month Calendars

Early Childhood Family Engagement Month Calendars

November is Family Engagement Month! The Family Engagement Month calendar is a list of daily activities that you can do with your child anytime. The activities are meant to be fun and to make the most of those teachable moments. Not every activity will be appropriate for every child. Children have different abilities as well as different interests. You can modify many of the activities to meet the needs of your child.

Elementary School Family Engagement Month Calendars

November is Family Engagement Month! The Family Engagement Month calendar is a list of daily activities that you can do with your child anytime. The activities are meant to be fun and to make the most of those teachable moments. Not every activity will be appropriate for every child. Children have different abilities as well as different interests. You can modify many of the activities to meet the needs of your child.

Middle/High School Family Engagement Month Calendars

November is Family Engagement Month! The Family Engagement Month calendar is a list of daily activities that you can do with your child anytime. The activities are meant to be fun and to make the most of those teachable moments. Not every activity will be appropriate for every child. Children have different abilities as well as different interests. You can modify many of the activities to meet the needs of your child.

School Teacher Family Engagement Month Calendar

November is Family Engagement Month! The Family Engagement Month Activity Calendar includes activities that encourage families to connect to the school and community. Supporting families to become even more engaged in their child’s learning makes us all winners.
Family Engagement Month Calendar for teachers and schools

Tell Us Something Good Award

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Families, YOU are invited to nominate your child’s school for the “Tell Us Something
Good” AWARD!  Share an experience with your child’s teacher/school that highlights
their welcoming attitude and enthusiasm in working with families to create a positive
experience for students with disabilities and their families.  

The winning school will receive $1000.00 to support a family engagement activity and you could win a $200 Amazon Gift Card for submitting the winning entry!

"Pass the Mic" Parent Panel

“Pass the Mic” Parent Panel and Collaboration with DPI

Virtual “Pass the Mic” Parent Panel on November 18th from 6 pm – 7:30 pm celebrating
National Parent Involvement Day: Sherry Thomas, NCDPI Director, Exceptional Children
Division will be the opening guest followed by the Parent Panel. The panel will discuss family
engagement, the role of parents and share their experiences of parenting a child with
disabilities. You will be able to interact with the panelist through chat. Spanish interpretation
and ASL interpreting will be provided.

Tool Time Tuesday Family Engagement Series

Every Tuesday in November our collaborative team will highlight a different Family Engagement Activity Calendar! Join us as we share tools and resources that families can use all year round! 

11/2 Early Childhood Activity Calendar

11/9 Elementary Activity Calendar

11/16 School Teacher Activity Calendar

11/23 Middle/High School Activity Calendar

11/30 And the Winner is…

                                               “Tell Us Something Good” Award Winner Announcement!

Family Engagement Month Social Media and Outreach Tools

Join the Conversation!

Check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Hashtags for Family Engagement Month

November is Family Engagement Month!   You are your child’s first and most important teacher.  This is a time to recognize the important role families play in the education and well-being of their children throughout the year. Use #FamiliesFEM to join the conversation.

Celebrate Family Engagement Month by sharing a photo of a “family symbol”  that represents your family or your child’s journey. Use #SymbolFEM to join the conversation.

It’s all about relationships!  Parents don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.  Use #CareFEM to join the conversation.

Effective Family Engagement is a shared responsibility between families, school and the community.  Use #TogetherFEM to join the conversation.

What do educators need to know about families of children with disabilities? Use #ToKnow to join the conversation.

What’s the best thing an educator has done for you or your child? Use #TheBestFEM to join the conversation.

What do you do to take care of yourself?  Use #CelebrateFEM to join the conversation.

Additional Resources

North Carolina’s early childhood system strives to be family-centered, equity-driven and collaborative. The Family Engagement and Leadership Framework, accessible on DCDEE’s FE&L Webpage, features Guiding Principles and information for agencies on meaningful family engagement and leadership.

Collaboration in the Spotlight

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." - Helen Keller

Region A Partnership for Children is the non-profit organization that manages the Smart Start funding and coordinates various programs in the seven far western NC Counties (Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain) and on the Qualla Boundary. The NC Pre K program is one of the programs coordinated by Region A Partnership for Children. The Parents as Teachers program is another. And the Family Support Program of Region A is another program which provides support to families who have children with special health care concerns. For more information on Region A Partnership for Children, visit the website at rapc.org.

The HOPE Family Support Network provides information, support, and training for families who have children of all ages and with all types of special needs in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, McDowell and Lincoln Counties in the foothills area of western North Carolina. fsnhope.org

“Amazing Grace Advocacy navigates families raising children with disabilities of the brain, by providing knowledge, resources and support that brings guidance, hope and purpose into the life of their child.

In support of ECAC’s Family Engagement Month, we will be sharing and encouraging the families we reach and serve to participate and enjoy the daily activities provided by ECAC’s Calendars and supports.”  amazingraceadvocacy.org