Family Engagement

Family Engagement is mutual commitment among families, schools, and community to effectively support the development of the whole child.

Family refers to adults who interact in support of their child, including biological, adoptive, and foster parents; grandparents; legal and informal guardians (e.g., friends of family); and siblings.

Over thirty years of research shows that when families are engaged in their children’s educational lives, achievement increases, attendance improves, dropout rates decrease, behavior both at home and school improve, and communities at large improve.

Students whose families are involved in their school experiences are more likely to have higher grades and test scores, attend school regularly, have better social skills, exhibit improved behavior, and adapt well to school (Henderson & Mapp, 2002).

Teacher-family communication is linked to better homework completion, attention during instructional tasks, and class participation rates, as well as improved teacher-student interactions and student motivation (Kraft & Dougherty, 2013).

Students whose families help them make connections between their current school performance and their long-term goals (e.g. attending college, working in a specific profession) is correlated with higher achievement levels for these students in secondary school (Hill & Tyson, 2009).