Prekindergarten Family Engagement Plan
Katy ISD has developed and implemented this prekindergarten family engagement plan to assist the district in achieving and maintaining high levels of family engagement in prekindergarten and positive family attitudes toward education at the prekindergarten level. This family engagement plan is designed to support six components of family engagement critical to the development of a high quality prekindergarten program. The six components and supporting family engagement activities are outlined below. Click on each link for details regarding the activities and programs listed below.
Facilitate family-to-family support
Katy ISD Partners in Education
Katy ISD's Partners in Education department coordinates a variety of activities to bring parents and community members together in support of Katy ISD students and teachers. Partners in Education connects families, teachers and students through mentoring programs, volunteer opportunities and community outreach efforts.
District Parent Centers
The district's Office of Other Languages operates four parent centers designed to facilitate parent involvement and parent networking opportunities for immigrant families and the parents of English language learners.
Establish a network of community resources
Parent and Patron Assistance Center
Katy ISD's Parent and Patron Assistance Center (PPAC) is available to all parents and guardians of Katy ISD students. PPAC plays a vital role in addressing parents' questions and concerns and assisting them in navigating the school system.
Support Services for Homeless Students
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act is a federal law that ensures immediate enrollment and education stability for homeless children and youth. Katy ISD also provides supplemental educational services to homeless students in need and connects families with community-based resources as well.
Special Education and Child Find
Child Find is a process designed to locate, identify, and evaluate children with disabilities who are in need of Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Programs or Special Education and Related Services. Child Find is available to all children in the community from birth to age 21.
Increase family participation in decision-making
Campus Advisory Teams
Each campus has a Campus Advisory Team (CAT) comprised of administrators, campus and district staff, parents, and community members. The team provides input on the Campus Improvement Plan (CIP) and the campus's goals and strategies for improving student achievement. Members are selected by the school administration at the beginning of each school year. Contact the campus directly for more information.
Title I Advisory Committees
Parents on Title I campuses have the opportunity to participate in Title I Advisory Committee meetings at the campus and district level. The meetings provide parents the opportunity to provide feedback on title guidelines, parent involvement policies and the use of Title I funds.
Home Access Center (HAC)
The Home Access Center provides an online portal where parents and guardians can view helpful student information to support and guide their children through the educational process. The HAC allows Katy ISD parents to access their student's schedule, homeroom teacher, absences, and more. Parents must contact the campus to obtain username and/or password.
Equip families with tools to enhance and extend learning
Each prekindergarten family has access to Ready Rosie, an online parent engagement program that can be accessed via smart phone, tablet or computer. Ready Rosie provides parents with short videos that demonstrate simple strategies for supporting learning in the home.
Office of Interventions Family Learning Events
The Office of Interventions hosts periodic parent workshops for families. These sessions provide families with demonstrations of learning tools to use in the home. Check the Office of Interventions' prekindergarten website for upcoming events.
Campus Family Learning Events
Each prekindergarten campus hosts family learning events that are open to all families on the campus. These events are designed to expose families to learning resources that can be used in the home. Check your campus's website for upcoming events.
Develop staff skill in evidence-based practices that support families in meeting their children's learning benchmarks
Circle Progress Monitoring Parent Reports
Teachers receive extensive training in best practices for sharing resources from the Children's Learning Institute with families. Teachers are trained to support parents in interpreting Circle Progress Monitoring data, and they assist parents in accessing the Children's Learning Institute's online Parent Connection learning activities.
District Advisory Meetings
Through participation on district advisory committees, prekindergarten teachers across the district come together to discuss the importance of engaging families and to share best practices and tools for effective parent outreach.
Evaluate family engagement efforts and use evaluations for continuous improvement.
From parent feedback forms at family events to district-wide parent surveys, a variety of methods and data are used to collect feedback. The Office of Interventions uses this information to evaluate the effectiveness of current prekindergarten family engagement practices and to plan for the next school year.