Guidelines for School Health Services: Family Engagement

Involving families in school health activities can be an important strategy to support students with chronic health conditions because they can encourage schools to provide a healthy environment and health services. These relationships can promote ongoing communication between the school, the family, and health care providers to follow the health care plan for that student.  

Maine Department of Education 

Family Engagement and Cultural Responsiveness 

Migrant Education

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Parents for Healthy Schools Framework 

Family Engagement  

Limited English Proficient (LEP) Parents and Guardians

Parent Engagement: Strategies for Involving Parents in School Health  

Promoting Parent Engagement in School Health: A Facilitator’s Guide for Staff Development 

Other Resources

National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement  provides resources for advancing high impact practices, promoting evidence-based policies, building capacity and leadership in the field, and upholding family, school, and community engagement as a core strategy for improving child development and student achievement.

G.E.A.R Parent Network   Gaining Empowerment Allows Results (G.E.A.R.) Parent Network, a program of Crisis & Counseling Centers, is run by parents for parents who have kids ages 0-21 providing services for parents of children with emotional and behavioral health concerns. .


Links to organizations and resources are for reference and information only and do not imply endorsement by the

Maine Department of Education.

Emily Poland, MPH, RN, NCSN 
School Nurse Consultant
Coordinated School Health Team Leader