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Family Engagement

Have ownership in your child's education
If your child's school is a Community School, welcome aboard! You are part of a dynamic community of families, teachers, and school administration working together to improve academic achievement by meeting the needs of children and families. 

How can I be involved in my Community School?
There are many opportunities to share your thoughts and opinions about what is working in your school. Every Community School holds an annual Community School Forum - an event that draws in members from the entire community to provide feedback and share their vision for the future direction of the school. 

For more information about parent leadership in Community Schools, contact 718-935-3000 or familyoutreach@schools.nyc.gov. Also, talk to your Community School Director and ask how you can be involved.

For more information, view some of the presentations created by school/parent teams during a parent leadership program for Community Schools





Family Engagement Apps
For Community School Directors looking for great online tools to communicate with and engage your families, watch our webinar introducing three Family Engagement App Platforms: Kinvolved, SchoolCNXT, and Remind.





Is there after school at my Community School?
Most Community Schools offer Expanded Learning Time in a variety of ways including after school programming and fun enrichment activities. To find out if your school offers Expanded Learning Time opportunities, contact your Community School Director.


How do I find a Community School near me?
You can find a map of NYC Community Schools here


Family Resources
Leveraging Parents

Elementary School Handout (English)

Attendance Works offers resources on ways parents can build a habit of good attendance.

Click to access, "Parent Handouts"
How to Help My Children Attend School Every Day

The initiative engages parents as important partners in the attendance solution. 


Click to access, 
"Bringing Attendance Home"
How to Teach My Child to Face Challenges
Develop-a-Growth-MindsetThis webinar shows the importance of a growth mindset and how parents can encourage their child to face challenges in school. 

Click to access "Growth Mindset"

Parent Teacher Home Visit Project

One to One Meetings
A way to get involved in your Community School is to participate in one to one meetings with your Parent Coordinator and your Parent Outreach Specialist. Through these meetings, Parents can weigh in on what their Community School looks like and how – together with the school – figure how they can help and get involved. 

Count on Me Form: If you want to get involved, and participate as partner in your child’s education, fill out this form and give it to your Community School Director or Parent Coordinator

Contact your school's Community School Director with questions. Find a list of Schools here



Family Night 2016
September Family Night offers an opportunity at the beginning of the school year to set the tone for the coming year and create a welcoming environment that will make families want to be part of your school's community. Family Night this year should take place on September 15 (middle school), September 22 (elementary school) or September 28 (high school). We encourage you to include a "State of the School" presentation during Family Night. This presentation should highlight your school's improvements in academics, attendance, reduction in chronic absenteeism, share the programs your school offers as well as your goals for the coming year. Please utilize the following resources when planning for family night. 

Great news! Community Schools in New York City are hosting large-scale Community School Forums
whereby families can get involved and participate in conversations about their Community School’s future. 

The Forum Planning Toolkit has helpful tools and resources to help schools prepare for this community-centered meeting.