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Welcome to the Community and Family Engagement Research Center (CAFE)

The Oak Park School District feels community and family engagement are both core requirements to the creation of successful and well-educated students. 

With that goal of powerful, and knowledgable young adults in mind, we have compiled a list of websites and research documents  that we expect will be very helpful to our parents, community members, and students alike.  Please feel free to sample the "cafe"  links below: 

Community and Family Websites:

All Pro Dad
All Pro Dad is Family First's innovative program helping men to become better fathers. They host multiple events with NFL teams and send Play of the Day daily emails that reach 40,000 fathers. 

Family and Advocates Partnership for Education
The F.A.P.E. project is a partnership that aims to improve the educational outcomes for children with disabilities. It links families to information about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). 

4 Steps to College Preparation

This website supplies a wealth of information for students who desire to attend college.

Getting School Ready

This is a free guide for parents, families and caregivers to ensure that their children are ready for Kindergarten.

Great Educational Site

This site offers a lot of interactive and fun learning activities for students'.

Military One Source
A 24/7 resource for Military Members, their Families, and Spouses.

National Coalition for Parent Involvement

Evidence has proven that children do better in school when a strong family-school partnership exist.


Print & Use Tools make it easy to continue the learning at home. You'll find lots of fun activities that you and your kids can do together.

Are you looking for an exciting way to engage your child in reading? Well, try this website that was created by the Screen Actors Guild. Your child will have the opportunity to have a book read to them by various (S.A.G.) Hollywood Stars via streaming video.


U.S. Department of Education Publications (Free)

The Helping Your Child brochure series aims to provide parents with the tools and information necessary to help their children succeed in school and life. 


Downloadable Research Articles and Tools: 

Six Types of Parent Involvement
A downloadable article by Dr. Joyce Epstein listing types of Parental Involvement

What Type of family-school partnership?
A document by Anne T. Hendersonand Karen Mapp focusing on 4 versions of Family-School Partnerships

PTA- Seeing is Believing
A Harvard Family Research Project on promising practices for promoting family engagement, written by Helen Westmoreland, Heidi M. rosenberg, M. Elena Lopez, and Heather Weiss

A Blueprint for Education
A Department of Education publication on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

Supporting Families and Community
A Department of Education publication on engaging families and communities in education

Senate Testimony - 2007
Effective strategies for engaging parents and communities in schools.  Written by Anne T. Henderson

Testimony - 2010
Another testomony by Anne T. Henderson.  This one is on behalf of the National Working Group for Familty and Community Engagement