Family Engagement Policy
Parent/Family Engagement in Schools is defined as parents/families and school staff working together to support and improve the learning, development, and health of children and adolescents.
Parent/family engagement in schools is a shared responsibility in which schools and other community agencies and organizations are committed to reaching out to engage parents in meaningful ways, and parents are committed to actively supporting their children’s and adolescents’ learning and development.
This relationship between schools and parents/families cuts across and reinforces children’s health and learning in multiple settings—at home, in school, in out-of-school programs, and in the community.
Engaging parents/families in their children’s school life is a promising protective factor.
- Research shows that parent/family engagement in schools is closely linked to better student behavior, higher academic achievement, and enhanced social skills.
- Parent engagement also makes it more likely that children and adolescents will avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as sexual risk behaviors and substance use.
- Efforts to improve child and adolescent health have typically addressed specific health risk behaviors, such as tobacco use or violence.