Title I, Part A Parent and Family Engagement

PFE Guidance

Review information from our PFE Guidance webinar about the framework, accessibility provisions, and requirements.

Parent and Family Engagement (PFE) refers to the inclusion of families in activities and programs that promote children’s development, learning, and wellness, including in the planning, development, and evaluation of such activities, programs, and systems. The Title I, Part A program insist on robust PFE activities at every school where federal funds support effective teaching and engaged learning.

Learn about the cycle of family participation in education | (Spanish)

Key Components

Allowable Costs

LEAs and schools must provide a broad range of services designed to help parents help their children succeed at school. The activities allowable under PFE are generally linked to goals, training, meetings, inclusion, and removing barriers.

Annual Evaluation

LEAs and schools must conduct an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the PFE plan, program, and policy.

Best Practices

Review PFE Best Practices for monitoring, outreach, support strategies.


Under state and federal law, all parents have the right to information about their child's education in a language they can understand. Learn more about LEA and the school's role in this process.


Parents must be involved in the decision-making process that impacts the PFE policy/plan, programs, and activities. Participating Title I, Part A LEAs and schools must fulfill and implement PFE requirements regardless of allocation.

Policy | Plan

Each LEA that receives Title I, Part A funds must develop a written PFE policy that establishes the program components for parental involvement, while each school that receives Title I, Part A funds develop a written PFE plan.

Share Your Story & Learn From Our Own

Read about and share some of the successes districts and schools have in getting parents and families involved in their student's education!

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