CLI’s family engagement resources make the most of procedures you likely already have in place, such as progress monitoring, homework, parent-teacher conferences, and open houses. CLI advocates a new focus for these efforts: supporting families in better understanding children’s development and engaging in fun, developmentally appropriate activities that not only build skills but strengthen the bonds between family members.
This checklist compiles all of the strategies in CLI’s family engagement program. The checklist can be used to self-assess where you are in your family engagement efforts and to set goals for practicing new strategies. Each of the four topic areas will have an associated online professional learning session coming soon!
Administrators can get started planning with this high-level overview of how CLI’s Family Engagement Resources found in links below can be folded into a district-level family engagement plan. The strategies presented here are not meant to be all inclusive, but rather represent research-driven ways to engage families in supporting children’s development using resources that are freely available to school districts and families.
Sending home family engagement bags are often folded into district-level family engagement plans. To support schools in this effort, CLI created a family engagement bag based on activities from the CIRCLE Activity Collection: Family. These activities provide fun, playful learning experiences for families while supporting what children are learning in school. Review and download the following set of resources to create your own family engagement bags: