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State Support Team

Serving school districts in Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox, Marion, Medina, Morrow, Richland, Seneca, and Wyandot Counties in Ohio

Family Engagement Resources for Families

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Looking for ways to support your child’s learning and growth at home? Need resources or information to work successfully with your child's school? Here you will find resources that help expand your toolbox as a parent or caretaker of a young learner.  

Resources for Families of Students with Disabilities

A Guide to Parent Rights in Special Education
The Ohio Department of Education provides this resource that can help you understand your rights and your child’s rights in the special education process.


Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities 

The Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities is a statewide nonprofit organization that serves families of infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities in Ohio, educators and agencies who provide services to them.


OCALI 

OCALI works to develop and share practices grounded in linking research to real-life so that people with disabilities have the opportunity to live their best lives.


Parent Mentors 

Do you need help navigating and understanding your rights and responsibilities as a parent of a student with disabilities? Parent Mentors have the skills, knowledge, and experience to support you in the special education process at no cost.


Ohio Department of Education - Dispute Resolution 

When a parent or other family member believes that a school violates state or federal special education law, the Ohio Department of Education's Office for Exception Children supports schools and families to resolve their differences.


Charting the LifeCourse 

Charting the LifeCourse is a tool to assist you in creating a vision for the future. These tools and resources can help you realize that wherever your child is on the journey, their experiences shape how they will live in the future.


Red Treehouse 

Red Treehouse supports the well-being of families and children with challenges, disabilities, and health care needs. We help individuals find information and connect to resources in the community while providing a robust list of services and events.


Ohio's STABLE Accounts 

A STABLE Account is an investment account for eligible individuals with disabilities. STABLE Accounts allow individuals with disabilities to save and invest money without losing eligibility for certain public benefits programs, like Medicaid or SSI.


Resources for Families to Support Learning At-home

Family Checklist for Those Returning to In-Person Classes

As most students head back to the classroom, check out this in-person learning checklist to ensure that you and your learner are comfortable and prepared for the classroom.


Ohio Department of Education - Family and Community Support Toolbox

The purpose of the Family and Community Toolbox is to provide resources in order to build upon the natural learning opportunities that occur within a child’s daily routine in the home and community.


Imagination Library

This program provides each child a specially selected book each month for free. Click the link for more information and to reserve your place on the mailing list.


 Ohio's Literacy Tool Kits

This resource from the Ohio Department of Education aims to work collaboratively with parents, teachers, educators, and community members to promote reading success at all levels of learning.


How to Help Your Child Prepare for Standardized Tests

Standardized Tests can be a source of anxiety for students and families. This resource from Colorin Colorado shares tips on how to stay supportive and give your learner the best chance to achieve.


PBIS for Families

When schools and families work together toward their common goal of helping all children to be successful, it is much more likely to happen. These resources from the Ohio Department of Education will help give you an understanding of your school's Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports. 


Ohio Department of Education - Text Alerts

Sign up today for text message alerts from the Ohio Department of Education.



Resources for Families Facing Homelessness

If you and your child are facing homelessness or find yourself in a transitional housing situation, know that there are resources available to ensure that your learner's education continues without interruption. Click the link above to access resources and support.   


Resources for Families of Early Learners

How can I tell if my child is ready for kindergarten?

This is a one-page tip sheet from Ready for Kindergarten Ohio that shares some questions to consider when helping your learner prepare for kindergarten.


Day-by-Day Ohio

This resource is a family literacy calendar to promote family literacy and family engagement across Ohio. The calendar has a monthly theme and unique daily entries that encompass books, songs, activities, and family health and wellness information.


Early Math Learning Kit for Families

This resource provides some activities and tips to help show your learner that math is everywhere.



Bold Beginning! Ohio

Caregivers are essential to a child's healthy growth and development. Whether you are looking for child care options, parenting tips, or resources for a healthy pregnancy, this page offers families of all shapes and sizes with resources to meet their needs.


Center for Disease Control - Milestone Tracker

Milestones matter! Track your child’s milestones from age 2 months to 5 years with CDC’s easy-to-use illustrated checklists; get tips from CDC for encouraging your child’s development; and find out what to do if you are ever concerned about how your child is developing.