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Family and Community Engagement

Family and Community Engagement

Welcome to HCPS Family and Community Engagement

The Family and Community Engagement — or FACE Department — is committed to building resource-rich school communities, bridging high impact collaborations and partnerships, and boosting transformative family engagement. As the “FACE” of HCPS we pride ourselves on genuine connections and relationships with our families.

Family Engagement Month

HCPS has so many amazing families and we want to celebrate family engagement with you! 

Join the HCPS Family and Community Engagement Department as we celebrate Family Engagement Month in November. There’s a new theme each week and an opportunity to share how you engage with your learner and your school community.

Share your moments with us on social media by tagging us at #EagerlyEngaged2022. 

H: Healthy habits (Nov. 7-13) – Share a photo of your family eating a healthy meal together or engaging in a recreational activity. 

O: Ourselves/social and emotional learning (Nov. 14-20) – Share a photo of your mindful moment, activity or peaceful place. 

P: Prepared ness and prevention (Nov. 21-27) – Share a photo of your fire safety plan, take a selfie after your safety talk, or share a photo of your family changing the batter­ies in your smoke detector. 

E: Engagement opportunities (Nov. 28-30) – Share a photo of your PTA, of volunteer efforts at your student’s school or of ways you support a student activity. 

BUILD.

We build relationships and resource-rich school communities.

Our team is responsive to the unique needs of Henrico County’s diverse magisterial districts. Family advocates are based in many schools to ensure that the right to achieve for all Henrico students is a priority.

BRIDGE.

We bridge high-impact collaborations and partnerships.

Understanding that it takes a village, we seek and secure partnerships with entities that best benefit our students, staff and families. Strategic collaborations enhance our learning communities and the educational experiences of our learners.

BOOST.

We boost integrated family involvement and engagement.

With a focus on fun and informative programming opportunities, we aim to support families by supporting their young people and their schools. In addition, we have a family-focused approach, often weaving family voices throughout our processes and decision-making.

Bridge Builders Academy

Henrico County Public Schools’ Bridge Builders Academy features virtual gatherings and discussions on a host of topics — many related to predominantly virtual learning. Our “Community Conversations” panel discussions about racial equity and change was a popular and powerful addition to the series. The Bridge Builders Academy is presented by HCPS’ Department of Family and Community Engagement and the HCPS Family and Educator Resource Center. Check out videos of past sessions at our Bridge Builders Academy page, where you’ll also find details about upcoming sessions. For more information about the Family And Educator Resource Center, visit the center’s webpage.

HCPS Rolling Resource Center

Since its debut in July 2017, our rolling resource center has provided students and families with books, “make-and-take” activities, information about exceptional education and other resources. Check back for updates about resource center appearances.

Family and Community Engagement

Community Learning Center hubs

Our Community Learning Center initiative leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. Henrico County Public Schools has partnered with the Henrico Education Foundation to transform schools into hubs where children and families have onsite support from community partners at their disposal. CLC hubs provide an integrated focus on academics, health services, social services, youth and community development, and community engagement. The hubs provide a wealth of opportunities and resources to give students and parents the tools they need to learn and grow.

Our current CLC hub sites — Glen Lea and Ratcliffe elementary schools, and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School — offer personalized curricula that emphasize real-world learning and community problem-solving. What are some of the benefits of Community Learning Center hubs?

  • Students attend school more consistently.
  • Students succeed academically.
  • Students are actively involved in learning.
  • Families are increasingly involved with their children’s education.
  • Schools are engaged with families and communities.
  • Students live and learn in a safe, supportive and stable environment.
  • Communities prosper and become more desirable places to live.

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