Pull It Together
Engaging families in your program takes understanding who your families are, what strengths and skills they bring to the program, and how your program can connect them to education and resources to help them better support their children. The following key strategies were discussed earlier in the Implementation Strategies section of this module:
- Treat every family member as a unique individual; find time and make space to learn about their needs, ideas and questions.
- Find ways to overcome family engagement obstacles by challenging staff assumptions of why families may not be involved and implementing creative solutions to meet family needs.
- Involve families by treating them as partners and resources to be utilized and learned from.
- Support families by listening to their concerns for themselves and their children, and finding ways your program can connect them to the appropriate resources, people and organizations.
Tools to Use
Take the next steps to strengthen partnerships in your program.
Use the Family Engagement Implementation Planner to map for success.
Review Tools for guidance on implementation.
Find guidance on Coaching My Staff.
Share excitement and strategies with the field in the Discussion Boards.
Select and customize staff trainings under Teach.
- 2Key Terms
- 3Great Benefits, Low Turnout
- 4Why Is It Important?
- 5Great Benefits, Low Turnout
- 6Reasons Why Families Don't Connect
- 7Overcome Challenges
- 8Back to Basics
- 9Assess Your Family Engagement
- 10Plot Your Challenges
- 11Building Blocks of Family Engagement
- 12Build Relationships
- 13Communicate With Families
- 14Know Your Families
- 15Do's and Don'ts for a Welcoming Environment
- 16Understand the Cultures You Serve
- 17Be Open to Different Types of Engagement Activities
- 18Meet Family Needs
- 19Getting Input From Families
- 20Expand Services to Engage Families
- 21Four Key Types of Engagement
- 22Adult Development Activities
- 23Spotlight Topic: Drug and Alcohol Prevention
- 24Shared Activities for Students and Families
- 25Governance and Leadership Opportunities
- 26School and Community Linking Activities
- 27Support Families
- 28Benefits of Family Engagement
- 29Working With Families in Rural Areas â€” Understand Needs
- 30Working With Families in Rural Areas - Strategies
- 31Working With Culturally Diverse Families - Understand Needs
- 32Working With Culturally Diverse Families - Strategies
- 33Working With Nontraditional Families - Understand Needs
- 34Working With Nontraditional Families - Strategies
- 35Special Challenges: Families Facing Drug and Alcohol Problems
- 36Keep It Going
- 37Learn More Library
- 40Check for Understanding
- 1Implementing Family Engagement
- 2Know Families and Their Cultures
- 3Know Families and Their Cultures - Coaching Moment
- 4Understand Challenges to Family Engagement
- 5Understand Challenges to Family Engagement - Coaching Moment
- 6Engage Families
- 7Create a Welcoming Environment
- 8Support Families
- 9Support Families - Coaching Moment
- 10Pull It Together
- 11Additional Resources