Essential PFE Strategies
LEAs and schools must build capacity for Parent and Family Engagement (PFE). Effective scheduling, best practices, and community engagement are just three of the many ways LEAs and schools can support parent involvement at school, at home, and across the community.
Required Strategies that Build Capacity for PFE
- Provide training on these topics:
- How to monitor a child’s progress;
- How to work with educators.
- Help parents understand state academic standards.
- Provide materials and training designed to help parents work with their children.
- Hold meetings early in the morning or in the evening that widen the time available for working parents to be present.
- Raise awareness and build skills among teachers, pupil services personnel, principals, and staff related to outreach and communication, and ways to work with parents as equal partners.
- Send parents information related to school and parent-focused programs, meetings and other activities. Present this information in an understandable and uniform format. To the extent practicable, provide materials in a language and format the parents can understand.
- Coordinate parent engagement programs with other school-based programs and services — Head Start, Even Start, Learning Assistance Program (LAP) Special Education, and state-operated preschool programs.
Allowable Strategies that Build Capacity for PFE
Here are a few examples of activities encouraged by the U.S. Department of Education.
- Involve parents as you develop training for teachers, principals and other educators to improve its effectiveness.
- Provide literacy training for parents. Use Title I, Part A funds if your LEA has exhausted all other funding sources.
- Pay reasonable and necessary expenses associated with parent and family engagement activities. Transportation and child care are two such costs allowed under Title I, Part A, which make it possible for parents to participate in school-based meetings and training sessions.
- Train parents to support the involvement of other parents.
- Schedule in-home conferences between parents and teachers or other educators who work directly with their children.
- Implement model approaches that improve parent engagement.
- Establish a LEA-level parent advisory council to give advice on parent engagement issues in Title I, Part A programs.
- Develop appropriate roles for businesses, and community- and faith-based organizations that support community participation in parent and family engagement activities.