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Family Engagement & Community Engagement
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This Title III, Part A: Increasing and Strengthening Family Engagement & Community Engagement resource details how Title III, Part A-funded local educational agencies (LEAs) and ESCs (Fiscal Agents) are required to provide supplemental parent outreach training and activities, family outreach and training and family literacy services, and community participation programs to English learners (ELs), immigrant students, and their families.

Title III, Part A, Section 3115 (a) and (c)(3)(A)(B) requires engagement activities for parents, family, and community. This resource tool outlines best practices for:

  • Family Engagement Activities; and
  • Community Engagement Activities


(a) PURPOSES OF SUBGRANTS.—A State educational agency may make a subgrant to an eligible entity from funds received by the agency under this subpart only if the entity agrees to expend the funds to improve the education of English learners by assisting the children to learn English and meet the challenging State academic standards. In carrying out activities with such funds, the eligible entity shall use effective approaches and methodologies for teaching English learners and immigrant children and youth

(c) REQUIRED SUBGRANTEE ACTIVITIES. An eligible entity receiving funds under section 3114(a) shall use the funds—

(3) to provide and implement other effective activities and strategies that enhance or supplement language instruction educational programs for English learners, which—
(A) shall include parent, family, and community engagement activities; and
(B) may include strategies that serve to coordinate and align related programs.

NOTE: For information on the required subgrantee activities for (c) (1) and (c) (2), click on the document titled Clarifying Title III LEA Required Activities Under ESSA.Opens a new window

The graphic below provides an overview of supplemental engagement activities under parent, family, and community engagement. Click on the arrows within the graphic below for more information about each topic.

Top graphic: Engagement Activities. Sub category graphics left to right: Parent. Family. Community.
Parent Outreach and Training Button. Button is located under the parent subcategory               Family Outreach and Training and Family Literacy Services Button. Button is located under the family subcategory               Community Participation Programs button. Button is located under the community subcategory
Terms Defined Button. Button is located under the parent and parent and outreach and training subcategories.               ESSA Consolidated Application PS 3106 Button. Button is located under the family and family outreach and training and family literacy services subcategories.               Planning Tool Button. Button is located under the community and community participation programs subcategories.