Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2018 #160
ORDER ADOPTED
Jun 18, 2018 5:30 PM

The City Council go on record endorsing and supporting this collaborative commitment to Family Engagement developed by the Family Engagement and Partnership subcommittee of the Birth-3rd Grade Partnership, which will be used as the foundation for family engagement across the City.

Information

Department:City Clerk's Office, MMSponsors:Mayor Marc C. McGovern, Councillor Sumbul Siddiqui, Councillor Alanna Mallon
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

The members of the Family Engagement and Partnership subcommittee of the Birth-3rd Grade Partnership, with input and endorsement from many stakeholders developed a family engagement shared value statement for everyone who works with families in the City of Cambridge; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The stakeholders include members of the Birth-3rd Grade Partnership Steering Committee and Subcommittees, Family Policy Council, Cambridge Public Schools, Agenda for Children Out of School Time Initiative, 0-8 Council, College Success Initiative, and other community partners; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The statement reflecting our commitment and understanding of family engagement is:

 

“Children and teens thrive when policy makers, schools, and city and community organizations partner with families to actively support children’s learning, development, and well-being. It is our shared responsibility to engage each other in meaningful and culturally respectful ways.  This effort is continuous across a child’s life from birth to adulthood and carried out everywhere they learn and grow.”; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The statement puts forward that family engagement is carried out everywhere; this resolution is being submitted to both the City Council and the School Committee to reflect the broad, collaborative understanding and commitment Cambridge holds in the area of engagement; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

This statement will be used as the foundation for all the family engagement work done in the City of Cambridge—including but not limited to teachers, policy makers, principals, guidance counselors, family liaisons, child care providers, home visitors, and health care and family support professionals; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

This family engagement commitment is compatible with many family engagement frameworks (ie. DESE Fundamentals and the National Family, School, and Community Engagement Working Group); and

 

 

WHEREAS:

This statement is our shared value and commitment to family engagement, however, it is important to note that the implementation will look different depending on the context; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The underlying principles reflected in the statement are that Family Engagement is all about relationships and partnerships; it is our shared responsibility, and is continuous across the ages and happens everywhere, now therefore be it

 

 

RESOLVED:

The City Council go on record endorsing and supporting this collaborative commitment to Family Engagement developed by the Family Engagement and Partnership subcommittee of the Birth-3rd Grade Partnership, which will be used as the foundation for family engagement across the City.

 

Meeting History

Jun 18, 2018 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED