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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.
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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.
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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.
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Other Resources

A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family, and Community Connections on Student Achievement
This review of the research 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.
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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.
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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.
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Family Involvement Storybook Corner
This website, provided by the Harvard Family Research Project in partnership with Reading Is Fundamental, is a unique source for information on using children's storybooks with family involvement themes to engage families in their children's education and encourage family–school–community partnerships while supporting literacy. The Storybook Corner offers resources to help educators, families, and those who work with families promote the awareness, discussion, and practice of family involvement in children's education in a wide range of settings.
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Homelessness Resource Center: Parenting and Homelessness
This webpage, part of SAMHSA's Homelessness Resource Center, provides resources on the challenges of family relationships within the context of homelessness. Information includes practice, policy, and research recommendations to support parents as they stabilize their lives, care for their children, and move out of homelessness.
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Making NCLB Work for Children Who Struggle to Learn: A Parent's Guide
Published by the National Center for Learning Disabilities and GreatSchools, this free publication addresses the special issues, challenges and opportunities facing parents of children who struggle to learn. It introduces parents to several key parts of NCLB that they can use as tools to improve educational services for their child.
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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.
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National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education
The mission of the National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education (NCPIE) is to advocate the involvement of parents and families in their children's education, and to foster relationships between home, school, and community to enhance the education of all our nation's young people. Visit the NCPIE website for valuable resources on parent involvement and creating family-school partnerships.
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Parent Involvement Matters
Parent Involvement Matters (PIM) is a grassroots group of parents, educators, trainers, counselors, psychologists, legislators, and school administrators who believe parent involvement is key to the success of children's education and must grow beyond its current level to reach maximum effect. Visit the PIM website for valuable resources on parent involvement and creating family-school partnerships.
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Parent–Teacher Conference Tip Sheets
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.
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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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