Resources for Families


Parent, Family and Community Engagement


Family Engagement, Diverse Families, and Early Childhood Education Programs: An Integrated Review of the Literature-Linda C. Halgunseth and Amy Peterson, National Association for the Education of Young Children and Deborah R. Stark and Shannon Moodie , Pre-K Now

 "Resources for Supporting and Involving Families in Meaningful Ways" in Beyond the Journal, by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, lists articles, multimedia resources, and Web sites that provides information about involving families.

Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP): HFRP works with policymakers, providers, philanthropists, and concerned people to strengthen family, school, and community partnerships. Information about parent involvement is available at

Bibliography of Family Involvement in Early Childhood Education by the Family Involvement Network of Educators, a Harvard Family Research Project, highlights family involvement research literature related to early childhood education from 1999—2005.

"Building the Future of Family Involvement" Evaluation Exchange, Vol. XIV, No. 1 & 2, published by the Harvard Family Research Project, examines the current state of and future directions for the family involvement field in research, policy, and practice.

“Reframing Family Involvement in Education: Supporting Families to Support Educational Equity-A Research Initiative of the Campaign for Educational Equity” by Heather B. Weiss, Suzanne M. Bouffard, Beatrice L. Bridglall, and Edmund W. Gordon, December 2009



“The Next Step in Systems-Building-Early Childhood Advisory Councils and Federal Efforts to Promote Policy Alignment in Early Childhood


Parent Leadership and Advocacy

Family Connections: The primary goal of Family Connections' parent education, leadership and advocacy component is to help parents gain the skills and confidence necessary to become lifelong leaders and advocates for their children. Each parent who enters Family Connections arrives with a different set of expectations and needs. We work with parents to help them identify attainable goals and give them opportunities to take on leadership and advocacy roles throughout the school year.

Circle of Parents ® is a national network of national parent leaders and twenty-five statewide and two metropolitan regional non-profit organizations dedicated to using a peer-to-peer, self-help model of parent support as one of the means of preventing child abuse and neglect and strengthening families. The organization works in collaboration with Prevent Child Abuse America and has been a resource partner for the FRIENDS for over three years.

See NCPIE website for national parent organizations… List of Family and Community Organizations



“Adding it up: A Rationale for Mapping Public Resources for Children, Youth and Families”, intergovernmental commissions, task forces and policy and advocacy organizations have always relied on some level of data on investments in children, youth, families and communities to do their jobs.



“Engaged Families, Effective Pre-K,” ex­plores state-level policies to encourage and enhance family engagement as a critical component of high-quality pre-k.

Child Trends-summary report of QRIS standards, including those related to family engagement, forthcoming….


Needs Assessments, Data Systems, Evaluations and Research

"Family Involvement in Early Childhood Education" a Family Involvement Makes a Difference Brief, No. 1, by the Family Involvement Network of Educators, published by the Harvard Family Research Project, summarizes research studies that link family involvement in early childhood to children's outcomes. It also reports on programs that have been evaluated in order to show successful strategies.

"Evaluating Family Involvement Programs" , Evaluation Exchange, Vol. X, No. 4, published by the Harvard Family Research Project, addresses the challenges of evaluating family involvement programs. It notes the need for conceptual clarity, methodological rigor, accountability, and contextual responsiveness. This resource is available at

A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family and Community Connections on Student Achievement” by Anne T. Henderson and Karen L. Mapp, National Center for Family and Community Connections With Schools, published by the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, reviews research about positive contributions that parent and school partnership programs can make toward student achievement. This resource is available at


Professional Development

Putting Partnerships into Practice-Resources for Professional Development by The National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education (NCPIE)


Outreach and Communication

Born Learning is a public engagement campaign that helps parents, grandparents and caregivers explore ways to turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities.

National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education—organization that advocates for the involvement of parents and families in their children's education to foster relationships between home, school, and community and to enhance the education of all our nation's young people. of Family and Community Organizations


Partnerships and Capacity Building

Office of Head Start, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: The Head Start Program Performance Standards require programs to involve parents in programs and to provide or link families to support services. Information about parent involvement is available at

Child Care Aware: Child Care Aware helps parents find quality child care and child care resources in their community by providing parenting information and connecting parents to their local child care resource and referral agencies nationwide. A guide for selecting child care, electronic parenting newsletter, and other parent resources are available at

Strengthening Families Program (SFP): SFP engages early care and education programs, child welfare departments, and others in using the SFP approach to build five protective factors (parental resilience, social connections, knowledge of parenting and child development, concrete support in times of need, and children’s social and emotional development) in families. More information is available at

 “The Parents as Teachers Program: Its Impact on School Readiness and Later School Achievement “ by Edward Zigler and Judy Pfannenstiel, published by the Parents as Teachers National Center, describes research that demonstrates that participation in the Parents as Teachers program closes the achievement gap between children entering kindergarten from families living in poverty and children from families above the poverty limit, and that these positive effects are sustained through third grade.

National Network of Partnership Schools- was established at John Hopkins University in 1996, NNPS invites schools, districts, states, and organizations to join together and use research-based approaches to organize and sustain excellent programs of family and community involvement that will increase student success in school.

School, Family, and Community Partnerships: Your Handbook for Action” by Joyce L. Epstein, Mavis G. Sanders, Beth S. Simon, Karen Clark Salinas, Natalie Rodriguez Jansorn, and Frances L. Van Voorhis, National Network of Partnership Schools, published by Corwin Press, Inc., guides school leaders and district and State facilitators to plan, implement, and improve school, family, and community partnership programs. The model is based on supporting six types of involvement: parenting, communicating, volunteering, learning at home, decision making, and collaborating with the community.

We Can't Get There Without Them: Addressing the Barriers to Parent Participation in Building America's Child Care System” by Roberta Weber and Jerri Wolfe, published by the Oregon Child Care Research Partnership, notes the critical importance of involving parents in child care decisions at the policy level, describes barriers to their participation, and lists resources for those people and organizations responsible for bringing people to the table.

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL): CSEFEL focuses on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. Resources include Infant/Toddler Training Modules, Preschool Training Modules, and Parent Training Modules. More information is available at

AVANCE unlocks America’s potential by strengthening families in at-risk communities through effective parent education and support programs by focusing on what parents can do during the critical first three years of their child’s life.

Colorín Colorado: Colorín Colorado provides articles, resources, and ideas to support English language learners at school and at home. More information is available at

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