Family Engagement Resources

Family Engagement Resources

NDPC/N Materials

Family Engagement as a Dropout Prevention Strategy. (2015). Solutions to the Dropout Crisis.

The Life-Changing Impact of Life Skills Instruction. (2014). Solutions to the Dropout Crisis.

Making Sense of the Evidence: A Review of Dropout Prevention Strategies. (2014). Solutions to the Dropout Crisis.

Strait, J. (Ed.). (2014).  NDPC/N Newsletter: Cultural Competence: A Look at Minnesota  pdf.

Engaging Families and the Community as an Alternative to Expulsion: An Innovative Approach to Dropout Prevention. (2013). Solutions to the Dropout Crisis.

Using Parent and Family Engagement as a Dropout Prevention Strategy. (2013). Solutions to the Dropout Crisis.

The 15 Effective Strategies for Dropout Prevention. (2011). Solutions to the Dropout Crisis.

Building the Foundation for School Success: Introducing The Parent-Child Home Program. (2010).  Solutions to the Dropout Crisis.

Family Involvement Makes a Difference. (2010).  Solutions to the Dropout Crisis.

National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (2010).  Video: Looking Back, Moving Forward: Families and Schools Together.

National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (2010).  Video: Parent-Child Home Program.

Engaging Families in the Pathway to College. (2009).  Solutions to the Dropout Crisis.

Smink, J., & Schargel, F. P. (Eds.). (2004).  Helping Students Graduate: A Strategic Approach To Dropout Prevention. Larchmont, NY : Eye On Education.

Kaye, C. B. (1998).  Parent Involvement in Service-Learning. Linking Learning with Life.

Mansbach, S. C. (1993).  Family Literacy’s Approach to Dropout Prevention  pdf. Solutions and Strategies.


The National Academies of Medicine. (2016). Parenting Matters: Supporting Parents of Children Ages 0–8.

U.S. Department of Education. (2016). Family Interventions For Youth Experiencing or At Risk of Homelessness.

Boots, S. W., Romano, G., & Hayes, G. (2016). Engaging parents, developing leaders: A self-assessment and planning tool for nonprofits and schools. Baltimore MD: The Annie E. Casey Foundation. Retrieved from

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2016). Family Interventions for Youth Experiencing Homelessness or At Risk of Homelessness.

Epstein’s Framework of Six Types of Involvement  pdf.

Summers, J. (2014).  Rich Kid, Poor Kid: For 30 Years, Baltimore Study Tracked Who Gets Ahead.

Duckenfeld, M., & Reynolds, B. (2013).  School Climate Practices for Implementation and Sustainability  pdf. New York.

Noel, A., Stark, P., Redford, J., & Zukerberg, A. (2013).  Parent and Family Involvement in Education, from the National Household Education Surveys Program of 2012  pdf. National Center for Education Statistics.

A Blueprint for Reform: The Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act  pdf. (2010).   U.S. Department of Education.

Supporting Families and Communities: Reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. (2010).   U.S. Department of Education.

Bridgeland, J. M., DiIulio, Jr., J. J., Streeter, R. T., & Mason, J. R. (2008).  One Dream, Two Realities: Perspectives of Parents on America’s High Schools  pdf. Washington, DC : Civic Enterprises.

Caspe, M. S., Lopez, E. M., & Wolos, C. (2007).  Family Involvement in Elementary School Children’s Education  pdf. Family Involvement Makes a Difference. Cambridge, MA : Harvard Family Research Project.

Henderson, A. T., Mapp, K. L., Johnson, V. R., & Davies, D. (2006).  Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family-School Partnerships. New York, NY : The New Press.

Kakli, A., Kreider, H., & Little, P. (2006).  Focus on families! How to build and support family-centered practices in after school.

Caspe, M. S., Traub, F. E., & Little, P. (2002).  Beyond the Head Count: Evaluating Family Involvement in Out-of-School Time  pdf. Issues and Opportunities in Out-of-School Time Evaluation. Cambridge, MA : Harvard Family Research Project.

National Center for Education Statistics (2002).  Efforts by public K-8 schools to involve parents in children’s education: Do schools and parents agree?   pdf Washington, DC : NCES.

Connect for success: Building a teacher, parent, teen alliance. (2001).   Belmont, MA : Recruiting New Teachers, Inc. (RNT).

National Parent Teacher Association (2001).  National standards for parent/family involvement programs.

Henderson, A. T., & Berla, N. (1995).  A new generation of evidence: The family is critical to student achievement. Washington, DC : Center for Law and Education.



National Center for Families Learning
Educator resources, tips, and tools related to working with adult learners, K-12, English language learners, and research related to literacy and families learning

Harvard Family Research Project
working since 1983 to help stakeholders develop and evaluate strategies to promote the well being of children, youth, families, and their communities; within three areas that support children’s learning and development: early childhood education, out-of-school time programming, and family and community support in education

National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education

advocates the involvement of parents and families in their children’s education, fosters relationships between home, school, and community to enhance the education of all our nation’s young people

National Parent Teacher Assocation (PTA)

the largest volunteer child advocacy organization in the United States

Parent Involvement Matters

The Center for Parent Leadership

The SEDL National Center for Family and Community Connections With Schools