Family Engagement/Parental Involvement
The Bureau of Family and Community Outreach (BFCO) provides resources, recognition and technical assistance to families in an effort to increase family engagement that promotes their children's success in education. BFCO has the role of fostering wider and more substantive family and community involvement by identifying and sharing information with schools and districts about the many different ways to get involved in your child's education.
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November is Florida Family Engagement in Education Month
Florida Family Engagement in Education Month is a time to celebrate the important role parents and families play in their children's education. When schools work together with families to support learning, children are more motivated to succeed-not just in school, but throughout life.
The Florida Department of Education recognizes the vital role that schools and families play throughout a child's educational journey. To help schools celebrate Florida Family Engagement in Education Month, we have created a toolkit, which can be accessed using the links below.
- Florida Family Engagement in Education Month Pledge (PDF)
- Florida Family Engagement in Education Month Calendar (PDF)
- Creative Ideas to Engage Families (PDF)
Just Take 20 Flyer (PDF)
- Sample Social Media Posts (Word)
- Parent Night Toolkits
- Sparkplugs (PDF)
- Parental Involvement Video
- Family and School Partnership for Student Achievement Act
- Florida Kid Care
- Florida’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports
- Harvard Family Research Project
- Local Education Agency Parental Involvement Policy (PDF)
- National Network of Partnership Schools
- Parent Involvement Policy Requirements & Review (PDF)
- Parent Involvement Resource Center University of South Florida
- Response To Intervention Brochure
- School Choice
- School Choice Resources
- The Florida Parent Involvement Resource Center of FND
- University of Illinois Extension: Parental Involvement in School
Dads Take Your Child to School Day
More than 30 years of research supports the belief that a positive relationship endures between increased family engagement and student academic success. Additional research suggests that when fathers are actively involved in their child’s education, students:
- Perform better academically;
- Have fewer discipline problems; and
- Become more responsible adults.
On September 28, 2016, the Florida Department of Education will observe Dads Take Your Child to School Day statewide. This initiative is a wonderful opportunity for dads or other male role models to get involved in their child’s education and to highlight the significant difference they can make by taking a more active role.
To encourage schools to celebrate and participate in Dads Take Your Child to School Day, we have created a toolkit which can be accessed using the link below.
- Dads Take Your Child to School Day Pledge (Word)
- Dads Take Your Child to School Day Pledge - Spanish (Word)
- Sample Flyer (PDF)
- Sample Letter to Parents/Guardians (Word)
- Sample Letter to Parents/Guardians (PDF)
- Sample Letter to Parents/Guardians - Spanish (Word)
- Sample Letter to Parents/Guardians - Haitian Creole (Word)
- Sample Letter to the Community (Word)
- Sample Letter to the Community (PDF)
- Sample Invitations (full sheet)
- Sample Invitations (half-sheet) (Word)
- Sample Palm Cards (PDF)
- Sample Stickers (PDF)
- Social Media Samples (Word)
- Logos - Contact Communications@fldoe.org for alternate logo formats.
Message to Families
When schools work together with families to support learning, children are inclined to succeed not just in school, but throughout life. The Florida Department of Education recognizes that a child's education is a responsibility shared by both schools and families during the entire period a child spends in school.
The following are just a few suggestions of the many ways you can be involved with your child's education:
- Contact your child's teacher early in the school year and maintain communication throughout the school year.
- Participate in parent/teacher conferences.
- Ask the teacher what your child is learning and how you can support this at home.
- Talk with your child daily about homework, classroom activities, and events.
- Learn about school policies and expectations so you can help your child understand them.
- Make efforts to stay informed of school and classroom events.
- Model behaviors and attitudes you expect from your child.
- Encourage and nurture your child's creativity.
- Be proactive in making the school aware of your support for your child's education.
- Talk with your employer about flex time so you can participate in school activities.
- Establish a daily family routine.
- Monitor out of school activities.
- Model the value of learning, self-discipline, and hard work.
- Express high, but realistic expectations for achievement.
- Encourage your child's development/progress in school.
- Encourage reading, writing, and discussions among family members.
- Be positive when talking with your child about school related activities.
Hope Williams, Director, Family & Community Engagement, 850-245-0842