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NH Family Engagement Month

NH Family Engagement Month
The research is clear on family-school-community partnerships! Study after study consistently shows that when families, schools, and communities work together, those children have higher grades, make more friends, graduate/complete high school and are more likely to go on college.  For over 40 years, PIC has promoted family engagement in the systems that support children with disabilities and special health care needs and their families, emphasizing the importance of everyone working together.

Each year, the Parent Information Center (PIC) sponsors the Family Engagement Month Recognition ceremony to honor parents, school, health care, behavioral health personnel and community members who have had a significant, positive impact on improving family engagement to support children’s education, health and well-being.  This year, in collaboration with NH Family Voices, PIC is proud to once again sponsor the annual Family Engagement Recognition Celebration.

Do you know a parent, school, health care, behavioral health personnel or community member who has had a significant, positive impact on improving family engagement to support children’s education, health and well-being? Nominate them for recognition!  You can nominate individuals, groups or teams of people who have displayed creativity, innovation, and/or commitment to improving family engagement to support children’s education, health and well-being at the school, community, local, district, or state level in one or more of the following areas:

  • Communicating Effectively – Fostering positive, two-way communication between families and the various providers, systems or agencies that support them (school, health providers, community agencies, etc.)
  • Supporting Children’s Success – Supporting children’s learning and healthy development at home, school and across all community environments.
  • Collaborating as a Community – Supporting collaboration to connect children, families and staff in expanding learning opportunities, community services and civic participation.
  • Sharing Decision-Making – Supporting families and service providers to be shared partners in decisions that affect children and families including: promoting family involvement on committees or in programs that advocate system or policy changes; serving as representatives for the community; and/or developing parent leadership.
  • Welcoming All Families into the Community – Ensuring all families and staff feel welcomed and respected including those with diverse needs by providing families and staff with opportunities to connect with one another
  • Speaking Up for Every Child – Empowering families and staff to be advocates for their own and other children and to ensure that students are treated fairly and have access to a variety of opportunities that will support their success and well-being. This includes working together to share information about how systems operate; sharing resources; resolving problems and conflicts respectfully; and supporting families’ ability to be effective advocates.

The Nomination period opens on May 21, 2018 and closes on September 12, 2018.  Complete the nomination form here

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