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Print Resources

A Guide to Your Children's Schools: A Parent Handbook is an easy-to-read booklet providing immigrant and refugee parents with information about the school system in the U.S. and Illinois. It is available in English, Arabic, Burmese, Chinese (simplified), French, Gujarati, Korean, Nepalese, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

The Family Engagement Framework Guide was developed by the Illinois State Board of Education and brings together research, best practices, and legislative requirements while providing resources that integrate family engagement into the school improvement process. Schools and districts may use the Guide to develop and expand school-family partnerships to support student learning and healthy development. Self-assessment and action planning tools are also available.

Illinois State Library Family Story Kits are packaged, participatory activities for parents and children to do together in a facilitated setting. Kits are based on children’s literature and focus on developing reading strategies. Each Story Kit provides multiple copies of one children’s book and instructions for a facilitated, literature-based activity for families. A wide variety of kits may be borrowed through the Illinois State Library.

PEP (Parents as Educational Partners) Program, Curriculum, and Training: The Adult Learning Resource Center has developed the PEP program and curriculum to address the language and cultural barriers that make immigrant and refugee parents particularly vulnerable to being left out of their children’s educational experiences. The picture-based reproducible curriculum may be used in parent classes or workshops. To view sample pages from the curriculum and learn more about PEP and related training, see the PEP Program and Curriculum Overview.

Web Resources

U.S. Department of Education offers a range of ever-growing collection of information about the Department, including initiatives and priorities, grant opportunities, offices, publications, research and statistics.

Illinois State Library Literacy Office (Secretary of State) supports various literacy efforts. Each program creates partnerships to improve the lives of Illinois adults and their families.

National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) supports education for families across the U.S. through programming, training, research, advocacy, and dissemination.

ProLiteracy was born in 2002, when Laubach Literacy International and Literacy Volunteers of America merged. ProLiteracy supports a national network of local volunteer literacy programs that assist adults and their families to acquire literacy skills through professionally trained and managed volunteer tutors.

National Head Start Association provides a national forum for the continued enhancement of Head Start services for low-income children (age birth to 5) and their families. Resources include a new Head Start Parent, Family and Community Engagement Study beginning Fall 2015.

The LINCS Resource Collection offers research-based instructional resources that have completed a rigorous review process and have been recommended and approved by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), Division of Adult Education and Literacy.

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