HB4 High-Quality Pre-kindergarten Grant Program

The Amigos Por Vida – Friends For Life Public Charter School will create a partnership between our Prekindergarten families, schools and our community. One of our core beliefs in APVFFLCS is “In order to prepare our next generation to become responsible citizens, we should work collaboratively with our families and community partners.” Through collaboration, APVFFLCS will actively pursue our goal of empowering families for student success.

Definitions of Family and Family Engagement - HB4:

Family engagement is the mutual responsibility of families, school, and communities to build relationships to support student learning and achievement and to support family well-being and the continuous learning and development of children, families, and educators. Family engagement is fully integrated in the child’s educational experience and supports the whole child and is both culturally responsive and linguistically appropriate.

Six Components:

1. Facilitate Family-to-Family Support

  • APVFFLCS Parent Involvement Facilitators, campus and/or district personnel will provide parents with opportunities to participate in initiatives such as:
    • Volunteering
    • Family Nights
    • Goals Night or Coffee with the Principal
    • Campus PTA meetings and events

2. Establish a network of community resources

  • APVFFLCS partnerships with community and faith-based organizations will create a network through the following strategies:
    • Campus Compassion
    • Legacy Community Health
    • Houston Public Health - Immunization Clinics

3. Increase family participation in decision-making

  • Review and edit campus compacts
  • District Family Engagement Survey
  • PTA Committees
  • Family Advisory Council

4. Equip families with tools to enhance and extend learning

  • Campus Literacy Nights
  • Lakeshore home readiness packets in:
    • Reading
    • Language Arts
    • Math
    • Science
    • Social Studies
    • Learning responsibilities for parents to use and reinforce student learning
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Informational books and pamphlets will be sent home concerning child development best practices

5. Develop staff skills in evidence-based practices that support families in meeting their child's learning benchmarks

  • Staff will attend and be provided training in areas such as:
    • HB4
    • ESSA
    • Family Engagement
    • Curriculum overview and integration
    • Read-aloud
    • Stemscopes
    • Vocabulary building
    • Social and Emotional Development
    • RAZ Kids Plus
    • iPad etiquette
    • Small group instruction for math
    • Writing

6. Evaluate family engagement efforts and use evaluations for continuous improvement

  • Feedback and suggestions will be sought from families through:
    • Training evaluations
    • Meetings comment sheets
    • Parent survey (BOY at Goals Night or Coffee with the Principal)
    • Parent Survey (EOY)
  • Information collected will be used in future planning and development of Pre-Kindergarten activities for families
  • Data from EOY survey will be used to determine the effectiveness of the High Quality Pre-Kindergarten grant

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