April 2018

Investments in Oregon’s P-3 Initiatives–Promising Family Engagement Strategies: Early Evidence & Next Steps

Transformative family engagement creates true partnerships between families, schools, teachers, early learning programs, and providers. In Oregon, current family engagement efforts fall into three broad domains: 1) Engaging families in supporting children’s learning at home; 2) Engaging families as partners with providers, teachers, and schools; and 3) Engaging families in program, school and community leadership, decision-making, and advocacy. Although early indicators are promising, the central recommendation of this report is to continue strengthening family engagement work that focuses on reducing disparities for Oregon’s most vulnerable children. The data continue to show disparities in school readiness for children of color and for children from economically disadvantaged families.
Author(s): Beth L. Green, Callie H. Lambarth, Lindsey Patterson, Mackenzie Burton, Diane Reid Organization: Center for Improvement of Child and Family Services, Portland State University
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