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Family Engagement


“The lives and experiences of young children are intertwined with those of their families.  Families are children’s first and most important teachers, advocates, and nurturers. Strong family engagement in early childhood systems and programs is central—not supplemental—to promoting children’s healthy intellectual, physical, and social-emotional development; preparing children for school; and supporting academic achievement in elementary school and beyond.

Research indicates that families’ involvement in children’s learning and development impacts lifelong health, developmental, and academic outcomes. Family engagement in early childhood systems and programs supports families as they teach, nurture, and advocate for their children, and in turn, family engagement supports and improves the early childhood systems that care for and teach children. When families and the programs where children learn work together and support each other in their respective roles, children have more positive attitudes toward school, stay in school longer, have better attendance, and experience more school success.”

Taken from the Policy Statement on Family Engagement from the Early Years to the Early Grades, Executive Summary (May 5, 2016) U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services U.S. Dept. of Education.



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Policy Statement on Family Engagement


Handbook on Family and Community Engagement 


Family Involvement in Early Childhood Programs: How to Choose the Right Program for Your Child  


Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships    


Family Engagement: A Shared Responsibility             


Ways to Engage in Your Child’s School to Support Student Health and Learning


A Guide to Effective Parent, Family, and Community Involvement in North Carolina Schools


Facts About Family Involvement


Why Parent Involvement Is Important: What Experts Say


Parent Involvement In Schools: Indicators of Child and Youth Well-Being


Understanding Family Engagement Outcomes: Research to Practice Series

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