Family Resources

CCSD Family and Community Engagement Services

F.A.C.E.S. – Family and Community Engagement Services

Family engagement is a partnership recognizing the collaboration between family, school, and community to make sure every single student succeeds.  The Family and Community Engagement Services Department supports all children’s academic, social, and emotional growth, nurtures trust, and advocates for all families and communities.

University of Family Learning

The University of Family Learning (UFL) is an opportunity for adult family members of current and future CCSD students to access valuable educational, networking, and parent leadership information and opportunities that will increase both family and student success. Parents are invited to participate in a variety of courses and workshops organized around the Superintendent’s Pledge of Achievement goals. Every UFL course or workshop offers contact hour credit. Parents who meet the yearly credit hour goal are recognized at an end of year Ceremony of Achievement.

CCSD Family Engagement Centers

The Title I Family Engagement Centers (FECs) provide families the opportunity to improve family capabilities. FECs establish and nurture relationships with one common goal—student achievement. FECs offer parents and families academic support, classes and workshops in a variety of topics, and access to community resources. The FECs are located at twelve elementary schools and are staffed with two Family Learning Advocates (FLAs).

CCSD Community Resources

Community Resource Guide has been developed by the Family and Community Engagement Services Department to guide and support the families within our District and community.  This guide is not intended to be a complete listing of all services provided.  In addition, CCSD does not endorse the agencies listed within the guide.

Local Community Resources

Free Family Educational Experiences (PDF)

This resource is a link to free community activities that can help families interact with community to provide opportunities to learn and build academic language.

Fee Based Educational Experiences (PDF)

This resource is a link to fee based ($) community activities that can help families interact with community to provide opportunities to learn and build academic language

CALL Program – Community Adult Learning in Libraries

Basic reading skills and English language learning classes for adults are offered through the CALL program, Community Adult Learning in Libraries.

Family Resources

The Importance of Home Language Series

School readiness and school success for children who are dual language learners are tied directly to mastery of their home language. This series of handouts in English, Spanish, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Haitian Creole, and Russian is designed to provide staff and families with basic information on topics related to children learning two or more languages. They emphasize the benefits of being bilingual, the importance of maintaining home language, and the value of becoming fully bilingual. These easy-to-read resources highlight important information that every adult living or working with young dual language learners should know.

Bilingual Glossaries

Bilingual dictionaries and glossaries are essential for English language learners who need one to one translations of words. Bilingual dictionaries and glossaries are appropriate for foreign exchange students, English language learners, or students who are having a hard time translating words from English into their native language. This website from New York offers bilingual glossaries in the following languages: Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Bosnian, Burmese, Chinese, Dutch, French, Greek, Haitian, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Karen, Khmer, Korean, Marshallese, Nepali, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Tibetan, Ukrainian, Urdu, Uzbek, and Vietnamese.

Where can you go to find diverse books?

Where can you go to find diverse books? Right here. Each of these sites offers lists of diverse titles. Our list of sites is not exhaustive, and we welcome suggestions of current, active sites that provide diverse book lists.

Parenting Changemakers

Parenting Changemakers is a parent-led initiative, aimed at building communities for creating and modeling new parenting practices that are needed to encourage children to master their empathy and changemaking skills.

Confident Parents Confident Kids

A site for parents actively supporting kids’ social, emotional and ethical development.

NBC Parent Toolkit

Parent Toolkit is a one-stop resource developed with parents in mind. It’s produced by NBC News Education Nation and supported by Pearson and includes information about almost every aspect of your child’s development, because they’re all connected. Healthy, successful children can excel in many areas – in the classroom, on the court, and in their relationships with peers and adults. Our advice also covers important topics for navigating life after high school.

Common Sense Media

Kids today spend over 50 hours of screen time every week. The media content they consume and create has a profound impact on their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.  Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.