“Our youth would do so much better if parents were involved.”  A simple conversation between two colleagues, one from Cornerstone and the other from COMPASS, sparked DYCD’s pathway to Circles of Support: a DYCD Family Engagement Framework.  The following is a glimpse of how DYCD arrived at a system-wide approach to family engagement.

Circles of Support is

Informed by the Research

DYCD conducted an exhaustive search of the literature and relied heavily on the following:

Integrates our Diverse Programs and Participants.

Every department and program needed to see themselves represented in Circles of Support which was accomplished by:

Incorporates the Views of Our Stakeholders.

DYCD staff visited providers to observe family engagement activities and learn from provider staff, families and communities.

Provided common lens and language for both DYCD staff and community-based organizations to use to view and enhance family engagement.

DYCD will sustain Circles of Support by

A Study of Family Engagement in Redwood City Community Schools

The Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships

Epstein’s Framework of Six Types of Involvement

Global Family Research Project

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