Partnering with Families

Research shows that parent and family engagement in early education and later grades is connected to greater academic achievement and is a significant factor in K–12 school improvement. Yet across the birth-to-college spectrum, parents and families largely continue to be perceived as recipients of education services and supports, not as powerful partners and assets. To give all children the best chance for success in school and in life, the Birth-to-College Collaborative works to address this disconnect between the essential value parents bring to their children’s education and the lack of attention given to parental voice.

Parents engaged in the Birth-to-College Collaborative share the belief that educating a child “takes a village, highlighting the appetite, opportunity and need to enhance partnerships between families and schools to significantly improve learning.

For a more detailed account of the initial conversations to engage families, please visit our case study —Voices of Parents on Raising and Educating Their Children from Birth to College—and the companion video.

Birth-to-college alignment guides focused on family engagement work are in development.