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PK Family Engagement Plan

 

The family engagement plan includes the following six components outlined in House Bill 4 High Quality prekindergarten grant established under Subsection (b).

I. Facilitate family-to-family support

  • Create a safe and respectful environment where families can learn from each other as individuals and in groups
  • The addition of an Early Literacy Coordinator to facilitate program fidelity and implementation

II. Establish a network of community resources

  • Establish and maintain partnerships with businesses, faith-based organizations, and community agencies
  • Communicate short and long term program goals to all stakeholders
  • Identify partners to provide translators and culturally relevant resources reflective of home language
  • Identify and inform families of community programs such as mentoring, tutoring, and business partnerships

III.  Increase family participation in decision making

  • Develop, adopt and implement identified goals within the district improvement plan targeting family engagement
  • Use appropriate tools such as surveys or focus groups to gather family feedback on the family engagement plan
 
IV.  Equip families with tools to enhance and extend learning
  • Provide complementary home learning activities for families to engage in at home with children through information presented in newsletters, online technology, social media, parent/family-teacher conferences, or other school or center-related events (Frog Street Press, Inc. curriculum has family resources built into the program. Weekly notes, theme newsletters, take- home activity mats, and online e-stories extend learning into the home)
  • Implement the Ready Rosie digital platform for parent activities
  • Collaborate with families to appropriately respond to children’s behavior in a non-punitive, positive, and supportive way
  • Assist families to implement best practices that will help achieve the goals and objectives identified to meet the needs of the child and family

V.  Develop staff skills in evidence-based practices that support families in meeting their children’s learning benchmarks

  • Promote and develop family engagement as a core strategy to improve teaching and learning among all educators and staff
  • Develop staff skills to support and use culturally diverse, culturally relevant, and culturally responsive family engagement strategies
  • Promote and develop family literacy through Fall and Spring book initiatives

VI.  Evaluate family engagement efforts and use evaluations for continuous improvement

  • Use data to ensure alignment between family engagement activities and district teaching and learning goals and to promote continuous family engagement
  • Ensure teachers play a role in the family engagement evaluation process