Parent & Family Leadership Development

Parent & Family Leadership Development

Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative

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Empowering Parents & Families hosted on Thursday, June 22, 2023

Kaltura URL

Link to recording

Handbook for parents and families - English 

Kids Handbook / Guía de niños

Above you will find the recording of the event Summer Kick Off "Empowering Parents & Families: Introduction: How to get involved in your child(ren)’s education starting in kindergarten and advocate for their academic success" hosted on Thursday, June 22nd, 2023. In addition to the recording you will also find a copy of the Kids Handbook and digital copy of the Parent and Family Handbook that was provided to participants. This digital copy is a living document that will continue to be updated as new resources are found.

This event was designed to provide parents and families of entering kindergarten-aged children an introduction on advocating for their child's education. Participants received information on their child's educational rights, their rights as parents/guardians, strategies on how to effectively communicate with teachers and school administrators, and how to collaborate with the school team to develop a plan that meets their child's unique needs. The presentation also provided strategies for supporting kindergarten readiness and success, such as identifying and addressing potential learning challenges and finding resources to support academic and social-emotional development. By the end of the event, the goal was for parents and families to feel empowered to take an active role in their child's education and advocate for their needs in kindergarten and beyond.

*Please note that there were connection issues during the English event that affected the recording. We apologize for any inconvenience that may be caused while viewing the recording.

Empoderar a los padres y las familias, 23 de junio de 2023

Kaltura URL

Enlace de grabación

Guía para padres y familias - español

Kids Handbook / Guía de niños

Adjunto encontrará la grabación del evento de Arranque de Verano Empoderando a los padres y familias: Introducción; Cómo involucrarse en la educación de sus hijos desde el Kinder  y abogar por su éxito académico, presentado el viernes 23 de junio de 2023. En adicción a la grabación, también encontrará una copia de la Guia de Niño/as y una copia digital de la Guia para Padres y Familias que se compartió con los participantes. Esta copia digital es un documento vivo que seguirá actualizándose a medida que se encuentren nuevos recursos.

Este evento fue diseñado para proporcionar a los padres y familias de niños/as en edad de entrar al kinder una introducción sobre la abogacía de la educación de sus hijos/as. Los participantes recibieron información sobre los derechos educativos de sus hijos/as, sus derechos como padres/tutores, estrategias sobre cómo comunicarse eficazmente con los maestros/as y administradores escolares, y cómo colaborar con el equipo escolar para desarrollar un plan que satisfaga las necesidades individuales de sus hijos/as. La presentación también proporcionó estrategias para apoyar la preparación y el éxito en el kinder, como identificar y abordar los posibles retos de aprendizaje y encontrar recursos para apoyar el desarrollo académico y socioemocional. Al final del evento, el objetivo era que los padres y las familias se sintieran capacitados para desempeñar un papel activo en la educación de sus hijos/as y abogar por sus necesidades en el kinder y más allá.

Families are their children’s first and most important teachers. Partnering hand in hand with families is critical to make sure community resources and programs support children and families effectively.

As Oregon continues to expand early childhood and parenting programs, Early Learning Hubs and Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative (OPEC) Hubs are creating Parent and Family Leadership Councils to welcome families as essential partners in their communities.

The OPEC Team at Oregon State University provides support for parent and family leadership development in partnership with Early Learning Hubs and OPEC Hubs. Learn more about the core values of the Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative by watching this video, organized by Amanda Casian, OPEC outreach coordinator. Captions in English and Spanish are available - contact [email protected] for further accessibility options of this video.

Coaching and connection

Our approach to supporting family leadership is relationship-focused and community-inspired. Our team members are eager to connect with you to learn more about your parent and family leadership efforts, successes, challenges, and needs. Amanda Casian and Brenda U Walker work directly on this project, but any member of the OSU-OPEC team can help get you connected.