LAUP, First 5 LA, YWCA and Families In
Schools are excited to announce their
partnership and commitment to
strengthening and building stronger
families in Southeast Los Angeles

Through the support of LAUP, Families In School (FIS) is honored to bring their 15 years of parent engagement expertise
to community partners in the Best Start SELA community that includes Bell, Bell Gardens, Commerce, Cudahy,
Huntington Park, Maywood and Walnut Park. FIS will provide a series of five FREE, capacity-building trainings to
organizational staff members so that they are better able to partner with and serve families in the Best Start SELA
community. Working with organizations that serve families with children between the ages of 0-5, Families In Schools
trainings will cover:

-Parent Engagement Strategies: this module focuses on research-based strategies and best practices that engage
parents in authentic and meaningful ways to: support academic milestones, encourage communication between
parents and staff specific to student success, and create an environment for effective parent engagement to thrive.
-Creating a Welcoming Environment: this module focuses on best practices for enhancing and supporting a
welcoming environment for families through an exploration of the four domains of a welcoming environment and
an opportunity to assess one’s current environment.
-Outreach, Recruitment and Retention: this module focuses on best practices for encouraging and increasing
parent engagement, including: the importance of building a team, planning and implementing strategies,
developing communication tools, tracking results, and debriefing/reflecting.
-Other Topics: Families In Schools will host two additional modules based on topics desired by the community. See
the attached survey or visit to provide your input on topics you and your
organization would like to see additional training support around.