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Family, School, and 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.


News and Updates

FSCP 2022-2023 Year-at-a-Glance

The Office of Family, School, and Community Partnerships has released their meetings and events calendar for the 2022-2023 school year.

View the calendar

Family-School-Community Partnership Framework Collaborative and 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. During the 2021-2022 school year, six districts piloted the P-12 FSCP Framework. Their stories are shared in the accompanying User's Guide, which walks sites through a step-by-step, research-based process to identify starting points and prioritize next steps. 

The Office of Family School and Community Partnerships developed a self-paced course available to anyone who would like to learn more about the P-12 FSCP Framework and rubrics. Individuals who complete the course will receive five hours of professional development credits.

Visit the Colorado's P-12 FSCP Framework: User's Guide Course

New Resource: Reframing Family, School, and Community Partnerships Online Academy

The Colorado Department of Education partnered with the National Association of Family, School, and Community Engagement and the FrameWorks Institute to develop a series of 10 online modules about how to effectively communicate the importance of partnerships to shift the public narrative. Learn research-based framing strategies through videos, examples, and practice. The intended audience for this academy is district and school staff, community organizations, and family leaders. Individuals who complete the course will receive six hours of professional development credits.

Visit the Reframing FSCP Online Academy

2022 Edition of Promising Partnership Practices

The State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education (SACPIE) and the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) are pleased to share this eighth annual collection of Promising Partnership Practices. The purpose of this publication is for schools, districts, and other educational organizations in Colorado to highlight how they partner with families and the community for student success.

Read the 2022 collection of Promising Partnership Practices.

FSCP Key

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.

Check the most recent edition, October 2022 Key (PDF).

School and District Accountability Committee (SAC and DAC) Networking Series

For the 2022-23 school year, the Office of Family School Community Partnerships will be offering a series of virtual networking meetings for members of SACs and DACs across the state. These convenings will include content from CDE, promising practices, and an opportunity to network and learn from other committee members. To sign up and learn more visit the Networking Series Website.


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)

Family and School Partnership in Education Month

Governor Polis has declared November to be Family and School Partnerships in Education Month. Stay tuned for new resources throughout the month of November. How are you celebrating partnerships in November? Let us know at Hutchins_d@cde.state.co.us.

Read the Proclamation here | Spanish

For More Information

Contact the Director of Family School Community Partnerships at CDE, Dr. Darcy Hutchins Hutchins_d@cde.state.co.us