High Quality PreK Family Engagement Plan
In support of the High Quality PreKindergarten Grant program, Sunnyvale ISD will develop and implement a comprehensive family engagement plan to assist the district in achieving and maintaining high levels of family involvement and positive family attitudes toward education as outlined in TAC 103.1003(f) . The family engagement plan will be designed to support the six components. The six components with examples of ways SISD will implement are:
(a) facilitate family-to-family support:
Parent meetings that develop parent to parent communication and parent to teacher communication. This will allow parents to network with each other and share resources and ideas.
(b) establish a network of resources:
“PreK University Night” - Educate parents about Prekindergarten opportunities that are available in the community and/or surrounding communities that would positively affect their parenting/family in general (ie: local libraries, literacy strategies, appropriate ways to use technology, etc.)
(c) increase family decision making;
Partner with parents to increase communication in the decisions regarding their child’s education. Ensuring that parents are part of the district and campus based decision-making teams. ESL teacher and aid to interpret when needed.
(d) equip family with tools to enhance and extend learning;
Create activities at home (flash cards, links to educational websites/boards, etc.)
Provide parents individualized curriculum activities in order to push high achieving learners (Ready Rosie)
Send home brochures in English and Spanish for good reading practice
Partner with ESL Coordinator for adult classes in childhood literacy initiatives, training on programs for home use, etc.
(e) develop staff skills in evidence-based practices that support families in meeting their children’s learning benchmarks;
Guide parents to appropriate books to improve/begin reading
Encourage more parent volunteers to help with reading, small groups, activities
Meet with parents to discuss data obtained from a variety of sources (Circle, MAP, DRA, etc.)
(f) evaluate family engagement efforts and use evaluations for continuous improvement.
Send home survey through multiple modalities (email, website, send home)
Provide information about Prekindergarten eligibility through multiple modalities (home visits, website, send home)
Sunnyvale ISD will include the family engagement plan including resources and/or activities on the district website.
Purchased materials from the grant would include components that support initiatives aimed at increasing family engagement. The Ready Rosie program allows online access and forums for parents, take home materials and much more, this excellent resource will encourage families to partner with the school to promote a culture of learning that is child centered, age appropriate and family driven.