Parent and Family Engagement in Title I, Part A Programs
We know that family engagement in a child’s education is a greater predictor of academic success than whether or not that family is affluent or poor. That’s why Title I, Part A program regulations insist on robust family involvement activities at every school where these federal funds support effective teaching and engaged learning.
What Is Family/Parent Engagement?
Title I, Part A defines parent involvement as the ...participation of parents in regular, two-way and meaningful communications with school staff that involves the student, addresses learning and engages the family in school activities.
Why Does Family/Parent Involvement Matter?
Research tells us that students with involved parents, are more likely to:
- Earn high grades and test scores,
- Take more challenging classes,
- Have better attendance,
- Graduate, AND
- Go on to community/technical college or university.
Districts have a responsibility to promote and strengthen parental involvement within their Title I, Part A programs. Find the information you need — requirements, tools and resources — to build an effective parent and family engagement program.
School staff must plan and implement parent and family engagement activities that exemplify ongoing and meaningful consultation of the families whose children benefit from Title I, Part A services. Find the information you need — requirements, tools and resources — to build an effective parent and family engagement program.
Federal law — through the Title I, Part A program — makes it possible to expand basic educational programs with services and interventions that support struggling learners. Parent involvement with the decisions school and district staff make about services and interventions is critical to the quality of a child’s life at school and their academic success.
Visit our resources page to find out:
- How Title I, Part A programs work
- What a school and district must do to keep parents informed and involved
- What a parent can do to enrich a child’s experience of teaching and learning
- Download parent guides to Title I, Part A programs and school improvement.