Family Engagement Resources and Printables

With today's early childhood classrooms more culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse than ever, teachers are challenged with creating a welcoming atmosphere that will encourage parents to participate in their children's learning community. At Kaplan Early Learning Company, we have the products teachers need to create empowered parents, share effective strategies in parent-friendly terms, and offer engaging events. Together, we can make a lasting difference in the lives of young children by engaging the families in your classroom community.

Free Resources

Building Positive Family-School Partnerships

connecting with families Positive family-school partnerships are essential in helping children learn and grow, but figuring out how to connect with families to form and maintain these partnerships isn't always straightforward. This is especially true in early childhood environments because attending a child care or preschool program for the first time can cause a lot of stress for both the child and family.

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Increasing Family Engagement in Education

family engagement Decades of research have shown that students are more successful when families are more involved, but increasing family engagement can be difficult even for experienced educators. There are a variety of obstacles that influence the school-to-home connection, which makes it even more important for educators to identify those obstacles early and work to create strategies that address those issues. Effectively removing family engagement obstacles will help educators and families work together to dramatically improve students' proficiencies and skills.

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Spanning Classrooms to Living Rooms with Parent Engagement

Spanning Classrooms to Living Rooms with Parent Engagement Parents and schools must be partners if the pursuit of academic success for all children is to become a reality. But the responsibility for building this partnership rests primarily with the school. To become effective partners, parents need the school's assistance to feel confident about their capacity to support their children's learning at home.

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TAG You're It!

TAG You're It! (Yearlong Parent Engagement Initiative) - Grades K - 5
TAG You're It! (Yearlong Parent Engagement Initiative) - Grades K - 5
Item: 53592
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Grades K - 5. The TAG You're It! kits allow schools to easily keep parents engaged in their child's literacy development all year long. Throughout the year, teachers choose a fiction or informational text TAG You're It! card to send home to parents that correlates with classroom instruction. Families then incorporate the parent-friendly literacy strategy described on the TAG card into nightly reading practice at home. Components include: TAG You're It! Program CD Kick-Off Video, Classroom Set of… More »

Parent Workshop Kits

Family Fun Events

Pre-K - Grade 5. Add excitement to parent nights with our Family Fun Events. These CDs contain all the information you need to add fun and excitement to your Perfectly Planned Parent Involvement Workshop. Complete with invitation/flyer templates, weekly planner, Organizing and managing tips, and decoration/food ideas. Designed to complement the skill-based workshop survival kits, you can match up any theme with any skill at any grade level. You choose what works best to meet your needs. Get all 5 and save! Spanish translations for all communications included!

10-Minute Talks

10 Minute Talks are mini-workshops for parents that allow you to turn a PTO/PTA meeting, a school performance or even an entertaining night of bingo into a "teachable moment." Each mini-workshop CD includes a presentation slide show, presenter script and 50 parent brochures to make it easy for schools to quickly share strategies/tips with parents in a matter of minutes. Offer a 10 Minute Talk at your next school event, or combine it with one of our Family Fun Event products.

10 Minute Talks: Easy Breezy Summer Reading
10 Minute Talks: Easy Breezy Summer Reading
Item: 53433
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Grades K - 5. Ten Minute Talks are mini-workshops for parents that allow you to turn a PYO/PTA meeting, a school performance or even an entertaining night of BINGO into a "teachable moment." Each mini-workshop CD includes a presentation slideshow, presenter script, and 50 parent brochures to make it easy for schools to quickly share strategies / tips with parents in a matter of minutes.
10 Minute Talks: Sight Words to the RESCUE
10 Minute Talks: Sight Words to the RESCUE
Item: 53434
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Grades K - 5. Ten Minute Talks are mini-workshops for parents that allow you to turn a PYO/PTA meeting, a school performance or even an entertaining night of BINGO into a "teachable moment." Each mini-workshop CD includes a presentation slideshow, presenter script, and 50 parent brochures to make it easy for schools to quickly share strategies / tips with parents in a matter of minutes.
10 Minute Talks: Homework Grades K - 5 Parent Brochure (Set of 25) - English
10 Minute Talks: Homework Grades K - 5 Parent Brochure (Set of 25) - English
Item: 24809
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Grades K - 5. Set of 25 parent brochures for the HomeworkTen Minute Talks mini-workshop (item # 24806). Quickly share strategies / tips with parents in a matter of minutes. English.
10 Minute Talks:Sight Words Parent Brochure - English (Set of 25)
10 Minute Talks:Sight Words Parent Brochure - English (Set of 25)
Item: 53593
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Grades K - 5. Set of 25 parent brochures for the Sight Words Ten Minute Talks mini-workshop (item # 53434). Quickly share strategies/tips with parents in a matter of minutes.
10 Minute Talks: Sight Words Parent Brochure - Spanish (Set of 25)
10 Minute Talks: Sight Words Parent Brochure - Spanish (Set of 25)
Item: 53602
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Grades K - 5. Set of 25 parent brochures for the Sight Words Ten Minute Talks mini-workshop (mini-workshop not included). Quickly share strategies/tips with parents in a matter of minutes.
10 Minute Talks: Summer Reading Parent Brochure - Spanish (Set of 25)
10 Minute Talks: Summer Reading Parent Brochure - Spanish (Set of 25)
Item: 53603
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$29.95
Grades K - 5. Set of 25 parent brochures for the Summer Reading Ten Minute Talks mini-workshop (item # 53433). Quickly share strategies/tips with parents in a matter of minutes.

N'Vites

Pre-K - Grade 5. Creatively draw parents and students to your next parent involvement night. N'vites are ready-to-use customizable invitations featuring catchy rhymes and colorful imagery to effectively and easily market your events. Each prepackaged volume of N'vites include a CD with 10 uniquely themed invitations, reminders and promotional signs that alert parents to an upcoming event they won't want to miss. Volume 1 includes themes like Fiesta, Pancake Party, Spring Fling and 7 others. Volume 2 includes Doughnuts for Dad, Math Night, Sports Mania and 7 others. Spanish translations for each included.

Early Childhood Resources

Partnering with Parents
Partnering with Parents
Item: 47286
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At last! A book has finally arrived that takes the worry out of parent-teacher communication. This innovative and original guide makes it easy for preschool teachers to connect with parents and involve them in the learning process using family meetings. Offering a complete plan for every meeting, Partnering With Parents is bursting with helpful tips, strategies, and creative ways to build a connection between home and school.
The Welcoming Classroom - Paperback
The Welcoming Classroom - Paperback
Item: 28587
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The children in today's early childhood classroom are more culturally, linguistically, and ability diverse than ever. As a teacher, your challenge is to partner with each family through recognizing their individual strengths, concerns, priorities, and resources. Dr. Johnna Darragh Ernst offers practical ideas for creating a welcoming atmosphere for families that will encourage them to participate in their children's learning community. From improving children's school readiness to encouraging positive… More »
FLIP IT!® Transforming Challenging Behavior - Paperback
FLIP IT!® Transforming Challenging Behavior - Paperback
Item: 22603
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This resource outlines a four-step, supportive strategy to transform challenging behavior by helping children learn about their feelings and gain self-control. Paperback. 88 pages.

Elementary Resources

PreK - K Transition Book: Benjamin Bradley Benton - Paperback
PreK - K Transition Book: Benjamin Bradley Benton - Paperback
Item: 52377
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PreK - K. This entertaining story about a curious young fellow will delight young children while the enclosed parent guide will support transition into kindergarten by helping parents learn how to use Common Core based strategies every time they read aloud to their preschooler. Paperback.
Into The Tub - Paperback
Into The Tub - Paperback
Item: 14380
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PreK - Kindergarten. This entertaining story features an introduction with step-by-step parent strategies for turning story time into learning time for early reading skills. 32 pages. Paperback.
Into The Tub (Spanish Version) - Paperback
Into The Tub (Spanish Version) - Paperback
Item: 24718
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$8.95
PreK - Kindergarten. This entertaining story features an introduction with step-by-step parent strategies for turning story time into learning time for early reading skills. Spanish version. Paperback. 32 pages.

Transitional Kindergarten

PreK - K Transition Family Engagement Event: The Spectacular School Race
PreK - K Transition Family Engagement Event: The Spectacular School Race
Item: 52378
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$429.95
Every twist & turn of this fun-filled, family event supports children as they transition into kindergarten. Route clue cards and a school map guide families to 10 classroom pit stops filled with challenging activities aligned with ELA and Math Common Core Standards and school readiness skills. Includes all manipulatives needed to easily accommodate up to 100 families to race around your school. Plus, each family receives a parent brochure filled with transition tips and learning strategies correlated… More »
Kindergarten Transition Parent Brochures (Set of 25) - English
Kindergarten Transition Parent Brochures (Set of 25) - English
Item: 52383
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A parent brochure filled with transition tips and learning strategies correlated to the activities of the Kindergarten Transition Kit (#52378). Set of 25 brochures in English.
Kindergarten Transition Parent Brochures (Set of 25) - Spanish
Kindergarten Transition Parent Brochures (Set of 25) - Spanish
Item: 52384
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A parent brochure filled with transition tips and learning strategies correlated to the activities of the Kindergarten Transition Kit (#52378). Set of 25 brochures in Spanish.

Backpacks

Summer Programs

ThinkStretch

ThinkStretch™ will help you customize the Summer Learning Program to your school's needs by providing the materials for parents or teachers to host weekly playground study sessions.

Grade PreK - Grade 5. An affordable education program designed for full-school participation. The grade-specific Summer Learning Books are aligned with Common Core State Standards. Each weekly lesson contains a reading log, writing exercise, math worksheets, and a bonus activity. Brain and the Professor follow students through each book, keeping students engaged and entertained all summer. Set of 10.