Family and Community Engagement

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“Raising the next generation is a shared responsibility. When families, communities and schools work together, students are more successful and the entire community benefits.”
-U.S. Department of Education


The Nebraska Department of Education identified family engagement as an essential area of focus in its new Accountability for a Quality Education System, Today and Tomorrow (AQuESTT) within the tenant of Positive Partnerships, Relationships, and Student Success.

Engaging families and communities as partners with schools is essential, as the evidence is clear: partnerships contribute to children and youth’s academic and social success. Current family and community engagement research, websites, and promising practices are available via the links below.

Information for Educators

Information for Families

Community Partnerships

Family Engagement Research

The Nebraska Department of Education- Healthy Schools program school is dedicated to supporting staff and student’s physical and mental health and wellbeing, which guides the preparation of all Nebraskans for learning, earning, and living. The Recognized Nebraska Healthy Schools in Action application is a way to hear from schools about the wellness efforts being implemented to ensure students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged as part of the Whole Child framework. The goal of the application is to identify and showcase schools that are going above and beyond in implementing best practices. Applications are open through January 27th, 2020

Who Should Apply?

  • School Staff and Administration
  • After School Program Staff
  • Community organizations who partner with schools
  • PTO/PTA
  • School Board Members

 CLICK HERE TO APPLY ON-LINE

Contact Jessie Coffey with questions:
Jessie.coffey@nebraska.gov

Updated January 10, 2020 1:38pm