The keys to successful school, family and community partnerships


Assist families with parenting and child-rearing skills, understanding child and adolescent development, and
setting home conditions that support children as students at each age and grade level. Assist schools in
understanding families.


Communicate with families about school programs and student progress through effective school-to-home and
home-to-school communications.


Improve recruitment, training, work, and schedules to involve families as volunteers and audiences at the
school or in other locations to support students and school programs.

Learning at Home

Involve families with their children in learning activities at home, including homework and other
curriculum-related activities and decisions.

Decision Making

Include families as participants in school decisions, governance, and advocacy through PTA/PTO, school
councils, committees, action teams, and other parent organizations.

Collaborating with the Community

Coordinate community resources and services for students, families, and the school with businesses, agencies,
and other groups, and provide services to the community.

Relationship Building Activities

Recognition and celebration events are important for establishing a positive relationship between the home
and school and building a sense of community. These types of events help server as gateway events leading to
different and more dynamic typed of involvement directly related to supporting student achievement.

Adopted from School, Family and Community Partnerships by J.L. Epstein et al, Ⓒ 2002 Corwin Press,

The keys to successful school, family and community partnerships Was Last Modified: September 6, 2019