Family Engagement

What is Family Engagement?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Education’s policy statement on family engagement from the early years to the early grades defines family engagement as “the systematic inclusion of families in activities and programs that promote children’s development, learning, and wellness, including in the planning, development, and evaluation of such activities, programs, and systems.”

Family engagement is constant across a child’s life and is the shared responsibility of school staff and families.  Schools are committed to making families feel welcome and engaging families in meaningful ways. Families are committed to actively supporting their children’s learning, development, health, and wellness. Effective family engagement occurs in multiple settings including the home, in school, out of school programs, and in the community.

Why is Family Engagement Important?

Research shows that when families are engaged, students get better grades, choose healthier behaviors, and have better social skills. By creating strong, effective partnerships between families and schools, we can create a safe and supportive environment for children to learn, grow, and develop.2