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Practices that promote schools as welcoming communities

Kathleen A. Olson, Colleen Gengler, and Jo Musich, Extension Educators — Family Resiliency; Madge Alberts, Program Coordinator — Children, Youth and Family Consortium

Reviewed October 2014 by Kathleen A. Olson, Program Director — Partnering for school success.

It’s important that schools be welcoming to families. Here are some ideas to help improve the partnership between families and schools.

At school

At school, you could:

Family outreach

To reach even more families, you could also:


Christenson, S. L., &  Sheridan, S. M.  (2001). Schools and families: Creating essential connections for learning. New York: Guilford Press. [Adapted by permission.]

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