Special Education

Family and School Partnerships

Published: 2/22/2024 1:55 PM

​This page includes a list of resources to assist schools and families with the building and strengthening of family-school partnerships.​

  • KDE Parent and Family Resources: This site includes a selection of resources in support of Special Education, tailored to meet the needs of families. 
  • KDE Parent and Family Rights: This site provides information about the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE), tailored to meet the needs of families. 
  • Family Engagement Resources (OSEP): This site includes a variety of resources including those from Federally Funded Projects and Centers, United States (U.S.) Department of Education and Early Childhood Resources.
  • Global Family Research Project: This site contains resources and related research for building and evaluating family, school and community enga​gement practices, programs and policies; for strengthening professional and organizational development; and for creating a more equitable anywhere anytime learning ecology for all children and families.
  • Partners in Education: A Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships: For schools and districts across the U.S., family engagement is rapidly shifting from a low-priority recommendation to an integral part of education reform efforts. This resource from the U.S. Department of Education offers information and resources on how to build and strengthen family-school partnerships. Additional information can also be found in the Dual Capacity Framework for Family-School Partnerships, Version 2.
  • Kentucky Collaborative for Families and Schools: The Kentucky Collaborative for Families and Schools is a network of partners focused on increasing open communication, learning opportunities and shared decision-making power across the Kentucky Education system. Their site includes a variety of resources and engagement opportunities that promote the growth of partnerships between families, schools and communities.
  • Kentucky Special Parent Involvement Network (KY-SPIN): provides support to parents and families of children in special education through training, information dissemination and one-on-one consultation.
  • National Association of Family, School and Community Engagement (NAFSCE): The mission of NAFSCE is to advance high-impact policies and practices for family, school and community engagement to promote child development and improve student achievement. Their site includes a variety of resources including webinars and toolkits.


Marcie Bridges
Office of Special Education and Early Learning
Division of IDEA Implementation and Preschool
300 Sower Blvd., 4th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4970 x 4143

marcie.bridges@education.ky.gov ​​

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