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Family-School-Community Partnerships

Family-School-Community Partnerships Definition: 

Families, early childhood programs, schools, and communities actively partnering to develop, implement, and evaluate effective and equitable practices to improve educational outcomes for children and youth.

Family and School Partnership in Education Month 

October is Family and School Partnership in Education Month in Colorado. Here are Governor Polis' Proclamations in both English and Spanish

This month, the Colorado Department of Education is highlighting 28 Promising Partnership Practices in the videos below. We hope you enjoy learning more about how these schools, districts, and institutes of higher education are partnering with families and communities to improve student outcomes.

Denver Public Schools
COVID-19 Personalized Phone Calls Home


Westgate Elementary School
Lead Love and Learn at Westgate

Vaughn Elementary School
Vaughn Monthly Parent Math Academy 

Altura Elementary School
Culture and Community Night 

Laurene Edmondson Elementary School
Social Emotional Learning GET Together 

Greeley-Evans District 6
One-on-One Foster Care Interventions

Thompson School District
Fall Community Connections Event 

Mission Viejo Elementary School
Mission Viejo Food Bank

North Middle School Health and Science and Technology
Parent Online Learning Support

Cherry Creek Independence Elementary School
Knowledge at Parents' Fingertips

Denver Public Schools
FACE Centers

Virtual Home Visits

Fort Lewis College
COVID Case Management Team

STEM Launch K-8
Problem Based Learning

Meadow Point Elementary School
Summer Food Service Program

Westminster Public Schools 
PEDAL Forums

Denver Public Schools
DPS Virtual Home Visits

Greeley-Evans District 6
Title I Collective/Parent Leadership Teams

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Immigrant Services Program

Englewood Public Schools
Inclusivity on DAC

Boulder Valley School District
The Digital Divide During COVID

Rocky Mountain Prep Creekside

Boulder Valley School District
Food Outreach Champions

Jeffco Public Schools
READ Plan Project 

Foothills Elementary School
The HUB @ Foothills Foodies

Douglas County School District
Conexion Connection

Denver Public Schools
Personalized Engagement

Cimarron Elementary School
Instructional Rounds Reimagined 

Updates 2020

Promising Partnership Practices

See a collection of initiatives from schools, districts, and other educational organizations in Colorado that highlight how they partner with families and the community for student success. 
2020 Edition of Promising Partnerships Practices
Promising Practices Covid Related

FSCP P-12 Self-Assessment Rubric User's Guide

New resources are now available to help schools. districts, and early childhood programs to implement the P-12 FSCP Framework. A series of 12 rubrics allows sites to rate their current partnership programs and practices. The accompanying User's Guide walks sites through a step-by-step, research-based process to identify starting points and prioritize next steps. Self Assessment Rubric User's Guide

FSCP during COVID-19 

Districts and schools across Colorado are finding unique ways to partner with families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many districts are relying on regularly-established channels of communication while others are finding new ways to building and maintain relationships. A universal theme is that the role of family engagement liaison has never been more critical. Here is a summary of how districts, schools, and community organizations are working together assist families and students. 

About The Office of Family-School-Community Partnerships

The Office of Family-School-Community Partnerships sits within the Accountability and Continuous Improvement Office at CDE, and was created in response to  Senate Bill 13-193 Increasing Parent Involvement in Public Schools. Responsibilities of the office include:

  •         Supporting to schools and districts implementing Family and Community Engagement practices
  •         Incorporating strategies in the Unified Improvement Plan to increase parent engagement in schools, with a specific focus on priority performance and turnaround schools.
  •         Ensuring that school district board of education adopt district policy for increasing and supporting parent engagement in the public and charter schools of the district
  •         Communicating and providing support to the identified family partnership point of contact within school districts
  •         Supporting parent participation on school and district accountability committees (SACs and DACs)
  •         Staffing the State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education (SACPIE)


Research Briefs

These research briefs were developed by CDE and SACPIE to provide information and implications for practice to school leaders as they establish family and community engagement partnerships focused on student achievement.

Creating Opportunity Conditions to Partner with Families in Student Learning

Improving Student Learning with Family and Community Engagement



This monthly newsletter is sent to family partnership contacts around the state, and includes updates from the director of family partnerships, promising practices, and research.  


October 2020 Key (PDF)

August 2020 Key (PDF)

March 2020 Key (PDF)

February 2020 Key (PDF)

January 2020 Key (PDF)


December 2019 Key (PDF)

November 2019 Key (PDF)

October 2019 Key (PDF)

September 2019 Key (PDF)

August 2019 Key (PDF)

April 2019 Key (PDF)

March 2019 Key (PDF)

February 2019 Key (PDF)


For More Information

Contact the Director of Family School Community Partnerships at CDE, Dr. Darcy Hutchins