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Parent and Family Engagement (PFE)

Families Are Our Partners in Education

Learn about the cycle of family participation
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Title I, Part A

Heidi Schultz
Program Supervisor
Title I, Part A has one of the strongest PFE component of all Title federal programs. PFE 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 insist on robust parent and family engagement activities at every school where federal funds support effective teaching and engaged learning.

What Is Parent and Family Engagement?

“Family engagement refers to 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.” – U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Policy Statement On Family Engagement From The Early Years To The Early Grades, 2016

From “Parent” to “Family”  

Using both terms is inclusive and respective of all adults who raise and care for children, to include biological, adoptive, and foster parents; grandparents; legal and informal guardians; and adult siblings – U.S. Department of Education.

Why Parent and Family Engagement?

Research tells us that students with engaged parents and families, are more likely to:

  • Learn to read faster (exhibit faster rates of literacy acquisition.)
  • Have higher grades and test scores.
  • Are promoted and take more challenging classes.
  • Adapt better to school and have better attendance.
  • Have better social skills and behavior.
  • Graduate.

Key Components and Guidance For Parent and Family Engagement

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