Questions, Comments, or Corrections? Let us know!

English Learners Family Resources

Welcome to ¡Colorín Colorado! ¡Bienvenidos!
This bilingual section was created just for parents and families to provide you with the information you need to help your child become a good reader and a successful student.

Other State Family Engagement Websites

 Arizona Department of Education – Family Engagement

Arizona Department of Education – Title I – ESEA

Georgia Department of Education – Parent Engagement Program

Idaho State Department of Education

Kentucky Department of Education – Family-Community Involvement

Kansas State Department of Education – Parent Involvement (Family Engagement)

Maine Department of Education – Students & Families

Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education – Family & Community

Oregon Department of Education – Family Engagement

Pennsylvania Department of Education – Family Engagement

South Carolina State Department of Education – Family & Community Engagement

Tennessee Department of Education – Family & Community Engagement

U.S. Department of Education – Family and Community Engagement

Vermont Agency of Education

State of Washington Public Instruction






Engaging Families Inside and Outside of School

Sample Best Practices for Parent Involvement in Schools
Ohio Department of Education
Updated 1-26-16
The Best Practices for Parent Involvement in Schools identified in this document are based on the Ohio State Board of Education’s Parent and Family Involvement Policy, the National PTA’s Standards for Family-School Partnerships, and Joyce Epstein’s Framework of Six Types of (Parent) Involvement. (posted 3-22-2016)

Family Engagement in Rural Schools
National Center for Research on Rural Education, 2011
The importance of family-school partnerships for student success is unequivocal. Rural schools are uniquely positioned to foster and benefit from family-school partnerships. (posted 3.22.2016)

Effective Home-School Communication, from Creating Welcoming Schools: A practical guide to home-school partnerships with diverse families, JoBeth Allen, 2007.  New York: Teachers College Press and International Reading Association.

May 2011
Re-thinking Family Engagement: Moving Beyond the Program Model Toward Systemic Engagement that Promotes Student Learning.    Anna Hinton
Family engagement is a subsystem of our broader education reform efforts and neither one can properly function on its own.


Family Resources

US Department of Education
Parent Checklist to Help Empower Families to Support Children’s Success in School
Questions and resources that parents and caregivers can use to help ensure their children are getting the education they deserve. The checklist suggests key questions, tips for educational success and resources for more information. (posted 12.9.2015)

100 Ways To Help Your Child and School Succeed
This brochure provides 100 ideas for parents to get involved with their child’s education. (posted 2.16.2018)

Project-Based Learning: Resources for Parents
Students learn important content through Project Based Learning (PBL) by investigating questions, generating original ideas, and working collaboratively to produce products that demonstrate what they have learned. Visit this site to learn four ways to get involved in your child’s PBL learning experience. (posted 2.16.2018)

Home Science: Backyard Astronomy Basics
Although it is possible to observe quite a lot about our solar system using basic telescopes or even the naked eye, there are also many tools that can help you identify what you’re seeing and learn more about what’s out there. Visit this website to learn about astronomy, the constellations, the solar system, famous astronomers and more. (posted 2.16.2018)

National Council of Teachers of English
How to Help Your Child Become a Better Writer
This position statement offers suggestions for helping a child become a better writer, both at home and at school. (posted 2.16.2018)

Reading Rockets: Get Ready for Summer!
Literacy ideas to share with families

Parent Partnership in Education: Resource Roundup
Experts agree that parent involvement in education is one of the biggest predictors of student success. Edutopia compiled this list of articles, videos, and other resources to help you engage productively with your kids’ teachers and school. (posted 3.16.2017)

Manhattan Strategy Group
Five Resources for Family Engagement: Helping Families Prevent Summer Learning Loss
Summer is a perfect time for students of all ages, races/ethnicities, nationalities, and socio-economic levels to strengthen and reinforce their academic skills and still have ample time for summer activities. (posted 3.29.2016)

PTA – Parent Teacher Association, has developed National Standards for Family-School Partnerships, helping your school increase family engagement is a win-win for all.

Dr Karen Mapp on Parents as Agents of Change
The 9 minute video clip, encourages and shares how parents can be the change agent in our schools.   Dr. Mapp is a senior lecturer on education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the faculty director of the Education Policy and Management masters program.

Parent Further is a website for parenting all ages.  Hot Topics, along with tips and strategies that will assist with daily parenting concerns as well as general developmental expectations are included.

Family Time with Apps: A Guide to Using Apps with Your Kids.
The guide provides tips on how and why to use apps together in everyday routines and situations.
Other app choices suggested by Harvard Family Research Project are found at this site.

How Brains are Built: The Core Story of Brain Development
The Alberta Family Wellness Initiative launched their first animated video, which presents the core story of brain development in an accessible and visually engaging format for public audiences. October 2013, Palix Foundation

National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse
The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse is an Office of Family Assistance (OFA) funded national resource for fathers, practitioners, programs/Federal grantees, states, and the public at-large who are serving or interested in supporting strong fathers and families.

The Smart Talk, PTA
The smart talk get parents and kids together to have a clear conversation about all the devices you use and how to be responsible.

Helping Your Child with Homework
US Department of Education website containing resources for families. Site provides information about parent involvement topics including homework. Resources are also available in Spanish.

Homeroom: The official BLOG of the US Department of Education

  • Educational Rights for Parents/Families
    This checklist follows the set of rights that the USDE recently released outlining what families should be able to expect for their children’s education.

  • Parent Checklist
    Developed by USDE in collaboration with groups such as the National PTA, National Council of La Raza, and the United College Fund, this 3 page document lists questions parents should ask at school, advice on next steps for parents with concerns, and other resources.

Elementary Resources

Is your child beginning Kindergarten and you have some questions – Start with this booklet: Ready for Success – What Families Want to Know about Starting School in Nebraska.
(Nebraska Department of Education, Office of Early Childhood 2012)

Is your child beginning Kindergarten and you have some questions – Start with this booklet.

National Center for Families Learning – Resources to assist your child’s learning

Families Learning Summit 2015

Family Time Machine! is fueled by your families imagination! It recharges its batteries when your family turns moments of togetherness into family time by learning, imagining and playing together!

The PTA developed a Student Success booklet that sweeps through K-12 learning expectations. Booklets can be printed out for each grade level.

Middle, High & Post High School Resources

Middle, High & Post High School Resources

National PTA, Parents’ Guides to Student Success

Nebraska Career Connections provides education and career planning resources.

The Family Engagement for High School Success Toolkit: Planning and implementing an initiative to support the pathway to graduation for at-risk students

Family Engagement for High School Success: Creating a Plan of Action
Webinar 1: Wednesday, December 7, 2011
View archive here:

Family Engagement for High School Success: Implementation Success and Challenges
Webinar 2: Thursday, December 8, 2011
View archive here: 

NEBRASKA.GOV – Information about individual school districts and Pell Grants & FAFSA is located on this site.




Preschool Resources

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Ready for Success: What Families Want to Know about Starting School in Nebraska

National PTA-

Parents’ Guide to Student Success

PTA National Standards for Family-School Partnerships Assessment Guide

PTA’s National Standards for Family-School Partnerships – What Parents Can Do

Nebraska Early Development Network-
Parent Rights


Family Involvement
Harvard Family Research Project (posted 5.25.2017)

  • Overview of Family Involvement
  • Informing Family Engagement Policy
  • FINE: Family Involvement Network of Educators
  • Professional Development
  • Projects
  • Publications & Resources

ERIC: The Relationship between Parental Involvement and Adequate Yearly Progress among Urban, Suburban, and Rural Schools
Parent-initiated parental involvement demonstrated significantly positive relationships with both making AYP and staying off the category of schools in need of mandatory improvement across urban, suburban, and rural schools, whereas school-initiated parental involvement demonstrated significantly negative relationships with both outcomes across urban and suburban schools. 2014 Social Media Use Among State and Local Education Agencies May 2013
The questionnaire results help illustrate how social media opens up new opportunities for agencies to inform audiences, some of them once hard to reach.

National Network of Partnership Schools, Johns Hopkins University:
Six Types of Involvement: Keys to Successful Partnerships Joyce Epstein National Network for Partnership Schools

The Impact of Family Involvement on the Education of Children Ages 3 to 8
Voorhis, Maier, Epstein, Lloyd (2013)

The SEDL National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools: Research Syntheses


Preschool Resources

Elementary Resources

Middle, High & Post High School Resources

English Learners Family Resources

Family Resources

National PTA – Parent and community involvement in education leads to improved academic success among children

Nebraska Department of Education Academic Standards Website

Nebraska Early Development Network: Families with Special Needs

U.S. Department of Education Family and Community Engagement
Check out the resources supporting the framework for building greater support and capacity in schools, homes and communities.

Community Partnerships

Systemic Family Engagement 

Making the Case for Family–School–Community Partnerships: Linking Partnerships with Student Achievement.     
Steve Sheldon, the author has a vision to develop a strong evidence base to support a transformation in the way that educators view their work, and to ensure that school–family–community partnerships play a vital role in education reform. 

Heartland Center for Leadership Development
Heartland Center for Community Development provides leadership resources for communities that are creating or maintaining partnerships. 

School, Family and Community Partnerships: Your Handbook for Actionthird edition, Joyce Epstein and Associates, Johns Hopkins. Corwin Press, 2009. 

The National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools (SEDL)
Supporting School, Family, and Community Connections to Increase School Success

Afterschool, Family, and Community
August 2008
This compilation of research focuses on the positive impact on student achievement created by Family, Community and After School Involvement.  Studies include Parent involvement, Parental information and Resource Centers (PIRC), Staff Development for After School, Homework Supports Student Learning, and two examples of family and community organizations working with schools.

Family and Community Involvement: Reaching Out to Diverse Populations
SEDL resource that provides information regarding inclusion of diverse populations in partnership activities. 

National Network of Partnership Schools
Established by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, The National Network of Partnership Schools brings together schools, districts, and states that are committed to developing and maintaining comprehensive programs of school-family-community partnerships. 

U.S. Department of Education Webinar Series:  Archive
Achieving Excellence and Innovation in Family, School, and Community Engagement

Academic Development Institute:
Assisting families, schools, and communities with children’s academic and personal development. ADI focuses on three areas of research and practices; 1) the school as a community including family engagement; 2) personal competencies that propel student learning; and 3) the dynamics of change and the science of indicators.

VUE – Voices in Urban Education from the Annenberg Institute for School Reform explores how school systems, other agencies, and the community can build their capacity to nurture partnerships that support student learning.