Waco ISD PreKindergarten Family Engagement Plan

Facilitate family-to-family support

  • Creating a safe and respectful environment where families can learn from each other as individuals and in groups.

Establish a network of community resources

  • Leveraging community resources: Workforce ChildOne calendar, Vroom app, Prosper Waco and Act Locally Waco websites
  • Establishing and maintaining partnerships with businesses and community agencies:  Prosper Waco, Mayborn Museum Family Event, Math for Early Learners Academy (MELA) – Baylor University, Conscious Discipline.
  • Building strategic partnerships:  EOAC Head Start and Waco ISD Prekindergarten Dual enrollment classrooms.
  • Partnering with local community-based organizations to create a family-friendly transition plan for students arriving from early childhood settings: Parents as Teachers local affiliate, EOAC Head Start.
  • Providing translators and culturally relevant resources in Spanish when needed. 

Increase family participation in decision making

  • Developing, adopting, and implementing identified goals within the annual campus improvement plan targeting family engagement.
  • Providing each family with an opportunity to review and provide input on program practices, policies, communications, and events in order to ensure the program is responsive to the needs of families.
  • Using appropriate tools such as surveys or focus groups to gather family feedback on the family engagement plan.

Equip families with tools to enhance and extend learning

  • Providing families with training on creating a home learning environment connected to formal learning opportunities with Conscious Discipline Family Night Training with EOAC JumpStart classrooms.
  • Equipping families with resources and skills to support their children through the transition to school and offering opportunities for families and children to visit the school in advance of the prekindergarten school year with Waco ISD Pre-K Round Up.
  • Providing complementary home learning activities for families to engage with children through information from CLI engage parent page, newsletters, conferences, meet the teacher event, and campus open house.
  • Providing families with information and age-appropriate developmental expectations through Pre-K Handbook for Parent-Staff Communication. 
  • Collaboration with families to appropriately respond to children’s behavior in a non-punitive, positive, and supportive way (Conscious Discipline).

Develop staff skills in evidence-based practices that support families in meeting their children’s learning benchmarks

  • Hired Pre-K Instructional Specialist to support staff.
  • Brazelton’s Touch Points Training is available at the local Education Service Center

Evaluate family engagement efforts and use evaluations for continuous improvement

  • Ensuring Prek teachers and families play a role in the family engagement implementation and evaluation process. 
  • Using data to ensure alignment between family engagement activities and district/school teaching and learning goals.