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Family-School-Community Partnerships


The office of Family-School Partnerships sits within the Improvement Planning Unit 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)

October is Family and School Partnership in Education Month


Call for Submissions—Promising Partnership Practices

The State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education (SACPIE), in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), is collecting promising practices from schools and districts across the state to publish in the fifth annual Promising Partnership Practices—Colorado book.  SACPIE and CDE invite schools, districts, early childhood centers, institutions of higher education, accountability committees, parent-teacher committees, or any other school- or district-based council to submit an application for consideration in the publication.  The purpose of this book is for schools, districts, and other educational organizations in Colorado to share how they partner with families and the community for student success.  Access the submission form here.

Family and School Partnership in Education Month Kickoff Event

Governor Hickenlooper has proclaimed October to be Family and School Partnership in Education Month for the seventh straight year.  The Colorado Department of Education and the State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education are hosting a Kick-Off Event to celebrate the month.  Light refreshments, mingling, and resource sharing will follow a brief formal program. All are welcome to attend. For more information, click here.


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 parnterhips, promising practices, and research.  


August 2019 Key (PDF)

April 2019 Key (PDF)

March 2019 Key (PDF)

February 2019 Key (PDF)


December 2018 Key (PDF)

November 2018 Key (PDF)

October 2018 Key (PDF)

September 2018 Key (PDF)

August 2018 Key (PDF)

May 2018 Key (PDF)

April 2018 Key (PDF)

March 2018 Key (PDF)

February 2018 Key (PDF)

January 2018 Key (PDF)



December 2017 Key (PDF)

November 2017 Key (PDF)

October 2017 Key (PDF)

September 2017 Key (PDF)

August 2017 Key (PDF)


For More Information

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