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Family Engagement Month 2023

November is Family Engagement Month!

November is Family Engagement Month!

Family Engagement Month is a time to celebrate and acknowledge the important role of families in the education and well-being of their children throughout the year. A time to reflect upon the shared responsibilities of families, educators and community stakeholders to work together on behalf of children. A community, believing…that together we are better. Explore the contents of this webpage. If you find something that sparks your interest share it with others, start conversations, plant a seed and watch it grow.

As Karen Mapp noted researcher, author and lecturer says, “When we partner, everyone wins.”

Family Engagement Month Proclamation

Family Engagement Month Proclamation from                               the Governor’s Office!

Governor Roy Cooper has declared November 2023 as Family Engagement Month in the State of North Carolina. Sign on to the proclamation to show your support for family engagement!
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Family Engagement Month Calendars

The Family Engagement Month calendars include activities and resources for families and educators that support student success while encouraging collaboration between families and schools. There are calendars for families of children Birth-2, Preschool-PreK, Elementary, and Middle/High. The calendars are available in Spanish. There is also a calendar for educators as well as calendars available in Word so that schools or organizations can add their own activities and events for families.

Birth-2 Family Engagement Month Calendars

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Preschool-PreK Family Engagement Month Calendars

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Middle/High School Family Engagement Month Calendars

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School Teacher Family Engagement Month Calendar

The School Calendar includes activities that support families in connecting with school and community to encourage families in becoming even more engaged in their child’s learning.
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"Tell Us Something Good" Award
Let the Voting Begin!

Families were invited to nominate their child’s school for the “Tell Us Something Good” AWARD! To share an experience with their child’s teacher/school that highlights a welcoming environment and enthusiasm in working with students and families. Click the link below to view the submissions and vote for the one that speaks to you. 

Voting starts on Monday, November 6th and ends on Sunday, November 19th. The winning school will receive $1000.00 to support a family engagement activity and the family member that submitted the winning entry will win a $200 Amazon gift card.

Tool Time Tuesday Family Engagement Series


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We will kick off the Family Engagement Month Series on Tuesday, October 31st. Join us on Tuesdays at noon in November, we will share information, tools, and resources that families can use all year round!

10/31 – November is Family Engagement Month!

Join us for Tool Time Tuesday’s Family Engagement Month Kick Off! This marks the beginning of special activities and opportunities specifically designed for families throughout the month of November. Together, let’s walk through how to make the most of Family Engagement Month!

11/7 – Talking About the Tough Stuff

 How do you talk about difficult topics with children who have disabilities? Hear practical suggestions and tools for talking to your children about difficult subjects. Learn how to communicate clearly and consistently about challenging issues. Facilitating this session will be Anne Harris from the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD).

11/21 – Sibling Panel: What We Want You to Know (90 minutes)

Often times, when we hear about services and resources for families of children with disabilities, siblings are not included in the conversation. Yet they are the ones that will bein the life of their sibling with a disability the longest. This panel will be made up of young adult siblings who will reflect upon what it was like growing up with a brother or sister with a disability. Sharing their past perspective through the eyes of a child and how that perspective has evolved as they became adults. What suggestions will they have for parents, educators and providers? This session will be 90 minutes.

11/28 – And the Winner is…“Tell Us Something Good” Winner Announced!

The “Tell Us Something Good” award winner will be announced during Tool Time Tuesday. Join us for this final event for Family Engagement Month. One school will win $1,000 to fund a family engagement activity and the parent who submitted the winning entry will receive a $200 gift card. What school will it be?    

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.

What have you learned from having a sibling with a disability? #SiblingStrong

What is the best parenting advice you’ve ever received? #AdviceYes

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.

The National Association for Family, School and Community Engagement (NAFSCE) is the first membership association focused solely on advancing family, school, and community engagement. Their mission is advancing high-impact policies and practices for family, school, and community engagement to promote child development and improve student achievement. https://nafsce.org/

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