• March 2011
  • Vol. 12, No. 2

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A Toolkit to Help Communities Engage Parents

Growing and Sustaining Parent Engagement: A Toolkit for Parents and Community Partners is an easy to follow guide providing steps on creating and strengthening parent engagement. The toolkit focuses on developing and implementing three powerful strategies:

  • A roadmap that can guide the community toward better parent engagement and that includes the values and decision-making principles of the organization
  • A checklist that the organization can use to determine how well the organization is following its roadmap and the effectiveness of its parent engagement strategies
  • A parent support network to allow groups to learn from and support each other

By using examples, activities, and questions provided in the toolkit, parents and community partners can work together to adapt these strategies for their unique environment.

The toolkit, prepared by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) and commissioned by First 5 LA (a Los Angeles child advocacy organization), is broken into five sections for quick navigation:

  • Overview
  • Background 
  • Building and Sustaining Parent Engagement
  • Achieving Success: Guide for Creating Your Own Strategies
  • Toolkit Resources

Growing and Sustaining Parent Engagement: A Toolkit for Parents and Community Partners is available for download on the CSSP website:

www.cssp.org/publications/growingandsustainingparentengagementtoolkit.pdf (495 KB)

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