New U.S. DOE council connects families, schools to meet students’ needs

The U.S. Department of Education on June 14 launched the National Parents and Families Engagement Council.

“Parents are a child’s first teachers, and there’s no one better equipped to work with schools and educators to identify what students need to recover,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel A. Cardona in a press release. “The National Parents and Families Engagement Council will serve as an important link between families and caregivers, education advocates and their school communities. The council will help foster a collaborative environment where we can work together to serve the best interest of students and ensure they have the academic and mental health support they need to recover from the pandemic and thrive in the future.”

This council consists of parent, family or caregiver representatives from national organizations that will work with the Department of Education to identify constructive ways to help families engage at the local level, per the U.S. DOE’s website. Members include the National Parent Teacher Association, Fathers Incorporated and Mocha Moms.

Read more about the National Parents and Families Engagement Council here.