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Family Support in NYS PBIS

Family Involvement Type 1



Basic Responsibilities of Families

*      Housing, health, nutrition, clothing, safety

*      Parenting skills for all age levels

*      Home conditions that support children as students at all grade levels

*      Information and activities to help schools understand children and families



Challenges For Schools

*      Provide information to all families who want it or who need it, not only to the few who attend workshops or meetings at the school building

*      Enable families to share information with schools about background, culture, talents, goals, and needs



“Workshop” is not only a meeting on a topic held at the school building, but also the content of that meeting to be viewed, heard, or read at convenient times and varied locations

Expected Outcomes


*      Awareness of family supervision; respect for parents

*      Positive Personal qualities, habits, beliefs, and values, as taught by the family

*      Balance between time spent on chores, on other activities, and on homework

*      Good or improved attendance

*      Awareness of importance of school


Primary Care Giver/Parent/Guardian:

*      Understanding of and confidence about parenting, child and adolescent development, and changes in home conditions for learning as children proceed through school

*      Awareness of  own and others’ challenges in parenting

*      Feeling of support from school and other parents



*      Understanding families’ backgrounds, cultures, concerns, goals, needs, and views of their children

*      Respect for families’ strengths and efforts

*      Understanding of student diversity

*      Awareness of own skills to share information on child development


Sample Practices

*      Suggestions for home conditions that support learning at each grade level

*      Workshops, videotapes, computerized phone messages on parenting and child rearing for each age and grade level

*      Opportunity for family education and other courses for parents/caregivers (e.g., GED, college credit, family literacy)

*      Family support programs to assist families with health, nutrition, and other health services

*      Home visits at transition points to preschool, elementary, middle, and high school; Neighborhood meetings to help families understand schools and to help schools understand families