Family Engagement

6 Standards of Family Engagement
The Six Standards of Family Engagement – CAPTA

Family Engagement is a shared effort of families, schools, and community leaders to advance programs, practices, and policies that empower every parent/legal guardian to make their child’s potential a reality.

Ways we can assess family engagement include:

  • The quantity and quality of efforts by school districts to seek input from all parent groups in decision-making
  • The quality of family engagement programs, policies, and family resources created to better connect families with schools
  • The percentage of schools demonstrating inclusive outreach to all families, in home languages, and easy two-way communication between home and school (Goal is to move closer to meeting the U.S. Department of Justice’s view of translation/interpreting for parents, read more)
  • The quantity and quality of parent education activities to support student learning and success in school and beyond
  • The percentage of parents who know how well their children are doing in class and how their school plans to improve student outcomes
  • How safe and connected parents feel with school –particularly during this pandemic

Seeking Transformative Family Engagement


The Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships

  • Dual Capacity – Educators’ and Families’ path to true family engagement only works when both understand and agree upon the goals and capacity outcomes

Additional Resources

Gain Confidence Learning More

Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI)

Middle School – Family Engagement Is Critical


What’s Happening this Year?



Always looking for new ideas on ways to make Family Engagement more equitable, accessible, and effective. Please share your thoughts & suggestions with us!