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Parent Involvement

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NCHE Resources

Parent booklet (Available in English and Spanish)
This brochure explains the educational rights of children and youth experiencing homelessness and informs parents about ways in which they can support their children's education during times of mobility.
Visit the NCHE parent booklet webpage.

Parent Pack Pocket Folder (Available in English and Spanish)
This sturdy, laminated folder provides parents a place to keep important records and documents related to their children's education. The folder also includes information on the rights of children and youth experiencing homelessness and helpful tips about enrollment and disenrollment.
Visit the NCHE parent pack webpage.

Parent poster (Available in English and Spanish)
This poster explains who qualifies as homeless under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and lists the educationalrights of children and youth experiencing homelessness. Place these posters in your school or community to generate public awareness.
Visit the NCHE parent poster webpage.


Other Resources

A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement
This research review from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) examines the growing evidence that family and community connections with schools make a difference in student success. It is a synthesis of 51 studies about the impact of family and community involvement on student achievement, and effective strategies to connect schools, families, and community.
Download A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement.

Family Involvement in Elementary School Children's Education
This report from the Harvard Family Research Project summarizes the latest evidence base on effective family involvement for elementary school children, showing the link between family involvement in elementary school and children's outcomes. It also profiles programs that have been evaluated to show what works to promote family involvement in the elementary school years. The brief concludes with implications for policy, practice, and research.
Download Family Involvement in Elementary School Children's Education.

Family Involvement in Middle and High School Students' Education
This report from the Harvard Family Research Project summarizes the latest evidence base on effective family involvement for middle and high school students, showing the link between family involvement and student outcomes. It also profiles programs that have been evaluated to show what works to promote family involvement in the elementary school years. The brief concludes with implications for policy, practice, and research.
Download Family Involvement in Middle and High School Students' Education.

National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement
The mission of the National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement (NAFSCE) is to advance high-impact policies and practices for family, school, and community engagement to promote child development and improve student achievement.
Visit the National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement website.

National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools
The National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools (NCFCCS), housed at SEDL, links people with research-based information and resources that they can use to connect schools, families, and communities effectively. It emphasizes connections that impact student achievement directly in reading and mathematics, as well as connections that contribute to the students' overall success in school and in life.
Visit the National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools website.

National Standards for Family-School Partnerships
This webpage from the National PTA guides schools in building successful partnerships with parents. Webpage resources include a national standards implementation guide and links to resources for more information.
Visit the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships website.

Parent Involvement
This webpage from PTO Today provides tips and resources for schools seeking to increase parent involvement.
Visit the Parent Involvement webpage.

Parent-Teacher Conference Tip Sheets for Principals, Teachers, and Parents
These tip sheets from the Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) provide key strategies for both parents and teachers to walk into conferences informed and prepared. A tip sheet aimed at school principals also outlines how school administrators can support parents and teachers to that end. Designed to be used as a set, these tip sheets combine consistent information with targeted suggestions so that parents and educators enter conferences with shared expectations and increased ability to work together to improve children's educational outcomes.
Download the Parent-Teacher Conference Tip Sheets.
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The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) is the U.S. Department of Education's technical assistance center for the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program. NCHE is housed at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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