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Parent and Family Engagement (PFE) in Title I, Part A Programs

Parent and Family Engagement (PFE) in Title I, Part A Programs – Title I, Part A has one of the strongest PFE component of all Title federal programs. Parent and Family Engagement (PFE) in a child’s education is a greater predictor of academic success than whether or not that family is affluent or poor.  That’s why the Title I, Part A program insists on intentional parent and family engagement activities at every school where federal funds support effective teaching and engaged learning.

What Is Parent and Family Engagement?

“Family engagement refers to the systematic inclusion of families in activities and programs that promote children’s development, learning, and wellness, including in the planning, development, and evaluation of such activities, programs, and systems.” – U.S. Dept. of Education, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services Policy Statement On Family Engagement From The Early Years To The Early Grades, 2016

From “Parent” to “Family” – Inclusive and respective of all adults who raise and care for children, to include biological, adoptive, and foster parents; grandparents; legal and informal guardians; and adult siblings – U.S. Department of Education.

Why Parent and Family Engagement?

Research tells us that students that have engaged parents and families, are more likely to:

  • Learn to read faster
  • Have higher grades and test scores.
  • Are promoted and take more challenging classes.
  • Adapt better to school and have better attendance.
  • Have better social skills and behavior.
  • Graduate on time.