Special Education

Family and School Partnerships

Published: 4/24/2023 11:16 AM

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.


​Shasta Hensley
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 4103

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